On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.
Choosing to adopt a child is one of the more important decisions a person or couple can make. It is a decision to create or expand your family. It is a decision that will affect your life as well as the life of the child you choose to adopt.
Unlike creating a biological family which is seen as a basic right, the route of adoption is considered a legal process. As a legal process and not a basic human right, there are procedures and formalities to comply with when adopting a child in Missouri.
Some prospective parents may shy away from choosing to adopt simply because of the things they have heard concerning the adoption process. One concern for some people thinking of adopting a child may be the potential cost involved.
There are several different avenues to go about adopting a child in Missouri, including a domestic adoption or an international adoption. An international child will require additional travel expenses as well as the costs associated with the international adoption agency.
Also, the age of the adopted child will play a role in the cost as an infant will need initial medical care such as vaccinations, where as an older child may have already received the necessary medical care that infants require.
There are a number of factors that help to determine the cost of adoption, but through grants and tax credits the cost can be minimized and made manageable. A skilled family law attorney who has helped Missouri parents to successfully adopt in the past will have the knowledge and experience to assist you in finding ways to avoid unnecessary costs so that you can make this very important decision without having to worry about whether or not you can afford it.