Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Single parent adoption - three cornerstones of support

Single parent adoption is wonderful and challenging, when there is not an additional income or the emotional and physical back up from a partner to support you. There are 3 important cornerstones to ensure success when considering single parent adoption. The decision takes planning and consideration and can not just come out of a need to be a parent:
The first is financial sustainability - to have enough money to support you and your child in the adoption process and in the post months of settling in to being a family. Three months post adoption staying home with your child is considered an optimum amount of time before returning to work. I was fortunate to be able to do this with my daughter, however, once back to work it was very clear that I needed a balance between private practice and having a regular income and benefits provided by agency work. Each person's experience will be different, but having enough of a financial base is a first priority to support you and your child,

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