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A New Family: Adopting A Teen

It is common knowledge in the world of adoption that teenagers are the most difficult types of kids to find homes for.  Not only are they not cute and cuddly like babies, but they also come with a ton a baggage.  Yet there are thousands of teens in the foster care system that need good homes and can respond well to knowing that they are settled in a forever family.  There have been many good books written on this subject and if, after reading this article, you are still interested in adopting a teen, I strongly recommend that you read them.

The main consideration that is going to affect your success as an adoptive parent is your own family dynamics.  If you are married, is your marriage strong and stable?  If you are not married, are you prepared to give up your freedom to devote your life to someone who will probably not appreciate your efforts until years down the road?  Do you have other children at home?  How do they feel about bringing in a stranger to join their family?  If you have no children, how much do you really know about parenting

Frankly, the best candidate for adopting a teen would be a couple in a stable marriage who has successfully raised their own children through or well into the teen years.  Another type would be a single person who has no immediate plans for marriage.  Single adults often make particularly good parents for adopted teens because they can focus so much attention on their needs.

I do not mean to imply by the above statements that other types of families should not adopt teenagers.  It's just that there would be other dynamics at work that may make it more complicated.  Still, if you have a longing in your heart to reach out to a hurting teen needing a home, you should pursue it.  Who knows where your new path might take you.

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