A common assumption with adoption is that you must be married or in a relationship to adopt a child. However, a single person can expand their family through adoption. This path to parenting gives you the ability to raise a child, give them a supportive home and provide them with love. Single people are acceptable candidates to adopt a child.
As a single person, there are some important things to consider before deciding to adopt. We recommend that you examine your circumstances, then contact an adoption professional to see what is best for you.
4 Things to Consider
One of the hardest barriers to overcome is to prove your financial stability. Unless you have access to a large sum of money, it can be difficult to show that you can afford to provide for a child. When you sit down with an adoption agency, it is a good idea to discuss your future plans and how you will maintain a stable life for your child, including numbers showing how much money you can afford to spend outside of typical expenses. You need to find out the adoption fees beforehand and set aside a reasonable amount of money to cover the cost. It isn’t uncommon to discover that one person’s income is not sufficient to support a child. It may be helpful to ask your employer for a promotion or raise or even find higher-paying employment.
2. Home Study
The home study is required by Florida’s law so the state and adoption agency can determine if your home is fit for raising a child. If you are single, your living habits will differ slightly from those of a married couple. You need to make sure that your home is an organized, healthy and safe environment for a child. You are also required to have at least two bedrooms: one for you and another for your child.
3. Life Changes
Another factor to keep in mind is how your life will change when you add a child to it. Some single potential parents do not put enough thought into how a child will affect relationships with friends and family. We recommend letting your friends and family know that you are thinking about adoption. This allows you to work through any issues that might arise. But more importantly, this will help you identify your support system during the process of adoption and raising your child. It is highly recommended that you have a strong support base.
4. Support System
Adopting and raising a child involves a lot of support from friends and family members. Small obstacles, such as being late to pick up your child from school, can be difficult as a single parent, and they may lead to a stressful home life. A good support system can solve many of these issues. One of the main benefits a married couple has over a single parent is having two adults responsible for the child. We suggest that single people build strong relationships with both family members and close friends and ask them if they would be willing to take on the extra responsibility in case you aren’t available to do something for your child. A few good questions to help you identify your support system include:
- Who would help you when you are sick in bed and need to take care of your child?
- Who would pick up your child if you weren’t able to make it on time?
- In an emergency situation, who would be there with you physically at a moment’s notice?
- Does your family member or friend like children?
- If you are thinking about interracial adoption or international adoption, would your support system discriminate based on ethnicity or age?
Adoption is a wonderful way to bring together children with the parents that they deserve. As an adoption agency, we believe in placing children in homes that are right for them. Although in the end, it is up to the birth parents to choose a home for their baby. While some people prefer married couples, there are also birth parents who prefer single parents. If you are interested in adopting a child in Florida, contact us or call 727-202-8966.
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.