Placing a baby for adoption is an emotional decision for any woman. If the baby has special needs, or developmental issues, the decision may be even more challenging. You may be wondering if anyone would be willing to adopt a child with disabilities. Rest assured, there are plenty of families interested in adopting special-needs children.

What Exactly Is Meant by “Special Needs?”

Adoption professionals have a broad definition of special needs. However, for this article, we are speaking specifically about kids with a disability. It is estimated that 18.5% of children in the U.S. have special needs. There are four primary types of disabilities:


Examples include muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, chronic asthma, epilepsy, etc.


This category includes down syndrome, autism, dyslexia, and processing disorders.

Behavioral or Emotional

These issues would not likely be apparent in an infant, but are diagnosed in early childhood. Included are disorders like ADD, bipolar, oppositional defiance disorder, etc.

Sensory Impaired

These are children who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, or have limited hearing.

Why Would Someone Choose to Adopt a Disabled Child?

It is normal to have questions about someone’s motives for selecting a disabled child, who is clearly going to need extra time, attention and financial support. The answer is simple, profound and yet still hard for many of us to grasp. There are some wonderful people who feel they have the love, experience and tools necessary to parent a special-needs child. Many of them feel it is what they are meant to do in this life. It has been impressed upon their hearts to serve and raise special-needs children.

The Adoption Plan

Like all birth mothers, you will create an adoption plan. If you want to select the adoptive family for your child, your adoption specialist will show you profiles of parents wishing to adopt a disabled child. All prospective parents have been through rigorous procedures to ensure they can care for a child. This is particularly true of parents adopting a child with special needs, as some kids with disabilities require more time, attention and financial support than other kids. Families who adopt these kids must prove they are able to provide all the necessary requirements for the disabled child.

If you are considering adoption for your special-needs baby, please contact us. We have many families waiting to love and care for children of all types. Destiny Adoption works with Special Angels and the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network to link families with special needs children.


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.