One of the happiest functions of the court system in Minnesota is the bringing together of families through adoption. Many adoptive parents may think that adopting a newborn is the best way for them to form a loving relationship with the child. However, there are many reasons why adopting an older child may also be a good idea.
Older children have developed their own individual and unique personalities. By adopting an older child, prospective parents can choose a child whose personality and interests may be a good match with theirs. Older children are also more able to interact with their adoptive parents. Whether it is by going to the zoo, out to a ball game or simply playing board games at home, these interactions benefit both the parents and the child.
Another advantage of adopting an older child is that prior to the adoption, prospective parents will have more information about the child's past. For health reasons it can be valuable to know beforehand if the child has had any major illnesses or if they have any existing health conditions. Knowing the child's developmental milestones ahead of time can also be advantageous. In addition, knowing about the child's abilities prior to adoption can also help the prospective parents prepare for the new addition into their lives.
Older children may also be more independent. While a child's abilities vary by age, an older child may be able to entertain himself or herself, help out around the house and take care of self-grooming.
Finally, prospective parents who wish to adopt a child may find their time it takes to do so is shorter if they adopt an older child. There are many boys and girls in the state who are in need of a family. Adoption can be a positive experience for parents who are able to provide an older child with a permanent home.
The creation of a new family through adoption is a reason to celebrate. Older children are in just as much need of parents as a newborn is, and can provide just as much love. For all these reasons, prospective parents in Minnesota may want to consider the possibility of adopting an older child. A St. Paul family law attorney may be able to assist prospective parents who want to adopt an older child.
Source: co.ramsey.mn.us, "Advantages of Adopting an Older Child," accessed on July 27, 2015