Adopting as a Single Parent
What issues should you consider if you want to adopt as a single person? We talk with Susan Fremer, a licensed mental health intern and a single mom of five adopted girls; and Lee Varon, a LICSW specializing in adoptive parenting, a single mom to two sons through adoption, and author of two books on single parent adoption.
In this episode, we cover:
- Single parenting is common. Are there distinctions between becoming a single parent through divorce, conception, and adoption?
- How easy is it to adopt as a single woman or single man?
- Domestic Infant.
- Foster Care-kids already legally free and those needing foster parents
- Are there any additional requirements for single parents to be able to adopt? Any additional questions in the home study?
- Legal issues. Importance of a will and naming a guardian.
- What are some potential issues single parents should consider before they decide to adopt?
- Is there another single parent or family that you could partner with to provide mutual child care support either full-time or babysitting type arrangement?
- Emotional support.
- Consider moving closer to family.
- Changes to your friend network after you become a parent.
- Will your housing have to change?
- Child care.
- May influence the age of child you decide to adopt.
- Finding the opposite gender role model for your child.
- Are you ready to be a single parent?
- Are you ready to give up the fun parts of being child-free, like the freedom to do what you want when you want? The freedom to tackle a new time consuming work project, educational degree, hobby, travel, etc.
- Are you ready to feel the inevitable time crunch of single parenting?
- Are you ready financially?
- Annoying comments you may hear when adopting as a single parent.
- Consider joining a single parent by choice support group. Online or in-person (check Meetup)
Single Adoptive Parents: Our Stories (Book by Lee Varon and Sherry Fine)
Adopting On Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adoption for Single Parents (Book by Lee Varon)
Single Mothers By Choice (organization and website)
Motherhood Reimagined (organization and website)
ChoiceMom.org E-guide: Finding Support (eGuide)
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Music Credit: Michael Ashworth
Image Credit: Tatiana Syrikova