Adopting an Older Child

Posted by provplace on May 30th, 2013

Adoption is a wonderful alternative way to start a family, especially for those couples facing issues with conception or pregnancy. Many people think of adoption in terms of infant adoption, but adopting a slightly older child can actually be an easier and less time-consuming process.


In Texas alone over 3,000 children over the age of two are waiting to be adopted. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) works with adoption agency Providence Place in San Antonio to offer these children a new life and a new home. These children are currently in state custody, but they are all in need of a loving family and stable environment to grow up in and live a happy and healthy life. Couples considering adoption should consider adopting an older child to give them the opportunities they deserve.


Adopting an older child may also be a less costly process for the adoptive couple. Infant adoption may be the ideal choice for some couples, but it can be very expensive. Adopting an older child through Providence Place requires little or no cost to the adoptive family. In addition, the waiting period for an older child adoption tends to be shorter than the waiting period for an infant. After completing a 30-hour educational course to prepare the adoptive couple for their new life and a home study, the adoptive couple can expect to wait about 12 months for an older child. Waiting to adopt an infant can take much longer.


Children in state custody have often been taken out of unsafe environments or from unfit living conditions. Because of these factors, older children are often eligible to receive subsidies and Medicaid. Through Providence Place, the whole adoptive family is able to receive special post-adoption services such as counseling. Counseling can play a vital role in helping the adopted child transition into his or her new living situation as smoothly as possible. It is also important for adoptive parents to have an ally during the transition period, as older children are more aware of their circumstances and may have difficult questions or issues that the parents need help addressing.


If you are ready to start a family and you believe adoption may be the right choice for you, consider adopting an older child. Children as young as six years-old are waiting to be adopted by loving parents who will be able to provide for them a permanent home and a family to call their own. Adoptive parents who have already completed the adoption process will tell you that adopting an older child is a priceless gift that will bring love and happiness to the whole family.


Adopting a child is an important decision that requires careful consideration. Are you contemplating adoption, or are you already planning to adopt a child? Do you have any idea about how or where to start? Providence Place will guide you through the adoption process while making sure all your questions are answered. Contact us today to learn more about adoption.

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