If you’re a single parent and feel that you’re ready to foster/adopt, let’s cover first things first.
YES, it is legal in all 50 states for a single parent to adopt a child of any age. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 27 percent of adoptive parents are single men and women. While most of these are female, there are still a sizeable number of single males that choose to adopt as well.
But is it good for the kid to grow up in a home with only one parent? Anyone who has grown up with a single mom or dad knows that things can get stressful at times when one is juggling work, social life, AND children. The fact is it comes down to how confident you feel, and the support group you have around you.
In the end, it comes down to whether you feel you are personally able to provide a healthy and loving atmosphere for this child. Statistics show that the adjustment rates of children in single-parent homes are virtually equal to that of those in ‘traditional’ households.
Also, always remember you are not alone. The number of single parents adopting/fostering has been growing in recent years. Fighting cultural norms and traditional boundaries has proven to be good for the parents AND the kids.
There are also plenty of online support groups and other single foster/adoptive parents who have rallied together in support of one another. It’s just a matter of doing the tiny bit of research, and then searching around until you find a group that you feel is right for you.
When it comes down to it, this is up to you. Do you feel a passion for defending the orphan? Do you feel prepared to take on the upcoming challenged that come with adopting? Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?
Thanks for reading,