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Decision-making before adopting

At this point, we would like to pause and reflect on the questions or uncertainties that may arise before the adoption, and each applicant will experience and manage them differently.

The period of inner decision

Surely we can all agree that this period is very important and is a time when you can consider everything carefully. A good piece of advice, and perhaps a well-known truth, is that experts advise parents-to-be to discuss their intentions, especially within the extended family. After all, it is critical that the future siblings, grandparents, nephews, nieces, and other relatives accept the „new“ child completely asthe family member. The same appliesto fostercare and temporary foster care. You should keep this in mind at all times.

However, we leave the final decision up to each of you, your heart, your reason, desire, ability, and courage to help. You will be the people spending every day with the child, experiencing the good and the bad with him or her. You will make the child part of your life.

Reflect on your life and ask yourself:

  • Do I have the physical and mental strength to raise a child?
  • Am I tolerant and open to others?
  • Will my financial resources be sufficient?
  • What have I been able to accomplish in my life?
  • What have I failed to do, what am I lacking?
  • What was my childhood like?
  • What are my relationships like? My marriage?
  • Am I willing to give up my comfort?
  • Can I really devote myself fully to a child?
  • Am I willing to adapt?
  • Do I believe I can convince those around me that this is the right decision?
  • Will a child be an obstacle in my career?
  • Do I understand what it takes to raise a child?
  • Can I imagine specifically what the child should be like?
  • Can I judge realistically what child I would not be able to raise?
  • Can I honestly say what I can do to be useful/helpful to a child?
  • Will I be able to accept the child‘s history?
  • Will I be able to understand his/her feelings?
  • Will I have the courage to talk to him/her repeatedly about his/her history and original family?

You might not be able to find the answer to some of these questionsimmediately. Some of them will give you food for thought and conversation with your loved ones and professionals who will guide you through the next period.

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