From the Publisher
There are over one hundred thousand children in the United States and hundreds of millions of children across the world available for adoption. Written by adoptive parents, this book provides valuable insight into each step of adoption process, from the initial self-evaluation to the adoption finalization. Detailed information and analysis is included on who can adopt, the associated costs, the available children, and pitfalls to avoid. The book has links to the best state, national and international adoption websites and photolistings. Additionally the book includes information on tax credits, subsidies, loans, and grants.
There are few joys in this world that compare to a child hugging you, displaying total and unconditional love. The authors adopted the three infants through the U.S. foster care system, at no cost.
Here are a few valuable lessons they learned:
•You do not have to be rich or famous to adopt.
•There are thousands upon thousands of children in the U.S. waiting to be adopted, at zero cost.
•Public adoption classes are generally painless and scheduled on weekends or after work hours. You can complete most of the adoption paperwork during these classes.
•States take exceptional steps to protect the rights of children and the natural parents, lengthening the overall adoption process. The result, however, is a solid legal foundation for the adoption.
•The maximum adoption credit for U.S. taxpayers to $13,360 per adopted child. If the child has special needs, the credit may be allowed even if you do not have any qualified expenses.
•If you pursue a more expensive private adoption that exceeds the adoption credit, there are grants, subsidies, and loans available to help cover additional adoption expenses.
•There is no guarantee that any child, whether your natural child or adopted child will be perfectly healthy, well-mannered, brilliant, thoughtful, sharing, and loving. This will largely depend on you.