Adopting a child, just as having a biological child, can be one of the most simultaneously rewarding and challenging things that you will ever do. Adopting can take a great deal of planning, and it is important that you take many things into consideration before you make the commitment.
Traditionally, it has been very difficult to adopt in the state of Michigan because of the legal requirements. Until 1995, an adoption could not take place until the court had terminated the rights of the biological parents of the child. However, now it is possible to make a placement of a child at birth while the legalities are being processed.
If you already have biological or adoptive children of your own, it is important that you consider not just yourself and your partner's wishes, but that you also consider how it would affect the entire family. Adopted children often require a much higher amount of attention because they may have emotional or behavioral issues stemming from past trauma. You should consider how this might affect your relationship with your other children.
You should also make sure that you understand the assessment process that you will be subject to. You will face a complete background check and will likely have your house inspected. You may need to additionally go through training if you intend to be a foster parent.
If you are considering adoption or foster care in Michigan, it is important that you understand how the law works before making the commitment.