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Are you waiting to adopt? These struggles may sound familiar

If you're waiting to adopt a newborn baby in Minnesota, you may have to wait for an extended period. Your adoption will eventually happen, but it could take longer than you were hoping. During this nerve-wracking waiting time, you can expect to deal with some unique struggles.

Adoption numbers are down, but not due to a shortage of parents

Approximately 110,000 adoptions happen in the United States each year. However, this number appears to be declining because of several new trends that are making it more difficult to adopt. Adoption figures, for example, have dropped nationally by 15 percent over the last decade.

21 children find adoptive homes in the Twin Cities

There is nothing more beautiful than the act of adopting a child. It is beautiful for the parents who will get to discover, or rediscover, the joys of parenting. It is just as beautiful for the children themselves, many of whom do not know yet the degree to which their lives will be radically transformed with love and nurturing in their new adoptive homes.

Are you looking to adopt? Here are several strategies you can try

The Minnesota Department of Human Services announced that it is had 489 children waiting to be adopted late last year. Some of these children are also available to be cared for by willing foster parents. Some parents find their way to parenthood via the foster-parent route. A child comes into their home, they fall in love, and they adopt the child: It's as simple as that.

Can pregnancy be confined to a business contract?

Pregnancy is not an experience that is easily relegated to the confines of a business contract. Nevertheless, that is exactly what the legalization of commercial surrogacy would strive to do. A proposed change to Minnesota law that would allow for business contracts between would-be parents and surrogate mothers could turn pregnancy into a for-profit business activity.

Learning about your young adopted child

Minnesota parents who decide to adopt a young child into their homes will have a lot of emotions flooding through them. They will also need to organize a lot of the legal aspects of the adoption, which they can carry out with the assistance of a lawyer. All this activity might interfere with the new parents getting to know their child in the best way. To prevent that, here's some advice on learning about your child.

Minnesota organization educates citizens about adoption

A Minnesota-based group is trying to spread good information about child adoption in order to dispel common myths about the process. The organization, known as Bellis, wants adoption in the spotlight. One of its sponsored projects includes the "Orphan Train" musical, which was recently performed at St. Paul's History Theatre.

Can I adopt my stepchild?

If you're a stepparent hoping to adopt your stepchild, rest assured that it is indeed possible and it's relatively common in Minnesota. Legal steps must be taken, and sometimes legal hurdles must be overcome -- particularly if the biological parent does not agree with the adoption. However, a stepparent adoption is considerably less difficult than other types of adoption when all parties are in agreement that the adoption process may move forward.

International adoption support in Minnesota

Minnesota parents may not always be able to find a child to adopt locally, and they may need to turn to an international adoption agency to find the child of their dreams. Some sources for adoptive children can be Africa, Southeast Asia, Russia or other countries. However, when adopting a child from overseas, there are some unique legal concerns that parents will need to navigate.

Factors that affect the adoption process

Although the adoption of a child involves one or two adults formally acquiring guardianship and parental rights over a child, at Berg, Debele, Desmidt & Rabuse, we have seen that the circumstances under which an adoption occurs can be very different. These differences can dictate the legal strategies that are required to ensure that the adoption is successful.

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