Adoption is a joyous occasion and a noble pursuit. Whether you are taking in a child from a foreign country or legally affirming yourself as the parent of a partner’s child, the process is a great way to expand your family and take responsibility for the children you care about. Still, there are often obstacles that make an adoption less than straightforward.
Anybody planning to adopt should be aware of potential difficulties. These are three of the obstacles that most commonly arise throughout the adoption process.
1. Conflict with the birth parent
Too often, a conflict arises with one or both birth parents that makes the adoption process far more difficult than it needs to be. According to Adoption.com, communication is the key to avoiding such conflicts. There should be a sense of collaboration rather than conflict, so if a problem becomes apparent, you can take steps to address it as soon as possible.
2. Cultural tension in families
The pressure on adoptive children and parents to adapt to a new family setting is high enough without any other factors. In intercultural adoptions, though, there can be the additional issue of cultural tension. If an adoptee is old enough to be committed to following their original culture’s norms, this can clash with the expectations of parents. Again, though, communication is the best tool you have in resolving this.
3. Legal roadblocks
Sometimes there are legal issues that arise, making adoption a more complicated process. It can be frustrating for red tape to get between you and the family you are building, but it is not uncommon for this to happen. Sometimes it is necessary to initiate a termination of parental rights or to amend a child’s birth certificate, for example. Regardless of the issue, there is likely a legal solution for it.