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Three Reasons to Adopt an Older Child

Adopting a child is a commendable and socially important act that provides children in need with the home and love they deserve. If you have made the decision to adopt a child, you may further consider adopting an older child. Individuals and couples looking to adopt often overlook older children or see them as undesirable despite the amazing amount of love they have to offer. Here are a few of the countless reasons to consider adopting an older child:

  1. You can build as equally a meaningful relationship with them as you would with a younger child. Many people looking to adopt mistakenly believe that in order to form a strong parental relationship with a child, children must be young and impressionable. However, this misconception could not be farther from the truth. Older children are equally as capable of forming relationships with their adoptive parents as their younger counterparts. They may remember having other parents earlier in their lives, but they are also individuated enough to form bonds with new loving parental figures in their lives, and they crave the same affection that younger adopted children receive.
  2. There is a quicker adoption process. Adoption processes are notoriously long and complicated affairs with various forms, interviews, and financial investments. Adopting older children is often a much faster process because the demand for adopting older children is not nearly as high as younger children, and older children can take an active part in their own adoption process.
  3. If not adopted, they have to age out of the system. If you are choosing adoption to make a difference and save a child from the foster care system, you have even more reason to choose an older child. These children are happy, intelligent, and eager for love, but adults routinely overlook them because of their age. Due to this oversight, many children have no other option other than to get older and age out of the system that failed them. This life is often a turbulent one with frequent home changes and no permanent caregiver, advisor, or role model.

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If you are considering the admirable act of adopting a child, you may already be aware of how complicated this process can be. Because of the complex nature of adoption and importance of legal procedures because of the involvement of a child, it is a good idea to have an experienced adoption attorney on your side to navigate the commitment of child adoption. If you have any questions or want to set up an appointment with one of the qualified adoption attorneys here at the BB Law Group PLLC, please contact us at (832) 534-2589 today.