You and your spouse may like the idea of adopting a child. However, there are many things to consider before you start the adoption process in Arizona.

When you first consider adoption, you and your spouse may not realize how many options exist. The New York Times says that you can usually choose one of three paths to adoption. One of these is international adoptions. If you want to choose this option, you generally have to understand which countries you can adopt a child from, as well as the adoption requirements of different countries. You can also adopt children by working with an adoption agency in the U.S. Each state has its own laws governing adoption, so it is important to understand what the domestic adoption process looks like in Arizona. Additionally, you may choose to foster a child and then adopt him or her.

Sometimes you may think about the joy of bringing a child into your home and forget about the expense. The cost of adoption typically depends on the route you choose. International adoptions may cost at least $20,000, while a domestic adoption may cost $15,000 or more. There are loans and grants available to families looking to adopt, so it is a good idea to explore your funding options.

It is also important to consider a child’s age. You may want to adopt an older child or you may want to bring home an infant. It is a good idea to talk to your spouse about the age of a child to make sure you are both on the same page. Additionally, the child you want to adopt may sometimes have a sibling. In this situation, you may need to consider whether you can adopt both children.

Additionally, you usually have to undergo a home study when you adopt a child. This home study generally serves two purposes. The first is to make sure you and your spouse are ready for adoption and know about the resources available to you. The second is to ensure you will be good adoptive parents. During this home study, you and your spouse typically have to have background checks, and you will likely meet with a case worker several times. The entire process may take up to six months.

This information is general in nature. It should not be used in place of legal advice.