The Ultimate Contemplating Adoption Quiz

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The Ultimate Contemplating Adoption Quiz
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The decision to adopt should not be taken lightly. There are many factors to consider before an adoption is finalized. Take this quiz and learn about the various issues you should contemplate before and during the adoption process.
What should you do before adopting a child?
Grieve the loss of not being able to have a biological child.
Many people adopt as a “second-best” to having a biological child. Before you consider adoption, you should thoroughly and properly grieve the loss of not being able to have a biological child of your own.
Get a full medical check-up.
both of the above

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What should you and your partner do before adopting?
get married
seek marital counseling if needed
Many people believe that a child can fix relationship difficulties. It's important to resolve your relationship troubles with your partner before you bring an adopted child into your family.
both of the above

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How much does it cost to raise a child to adulthood?
$25,000 to $50,000
$90,000 to $140,000
$140,000 to $290,000
Raising a child to age 17 is expensive, between $140,000 and $290,000. Expenses range from education to food to health insurance. Consider the price tag associated with raising a child before you adopt.

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What is likely to change once you adopt?
your entire lifestyle
Everything changes when you have a child. Nothing is the same. Consider what significant changes may occur to your lifestyle before you adopt.
your degree of busyness
your stress level

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What type of classes should you take prior to adoption?
parenting classes
Consider taking some parenting classes to get a better handle on the changes that occur when you have a child.
adoption classes
relationship classes

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What difference between a biological and adoptive child should you consider?
Raising a child that is not blood related.
Missing out on important milestones and experiences.
both of the above
If you adopt, your child will not share the same genetics as you. You may also miss out on important developmental milestones and parent-child experiences, like pregnancy, birth, and infant bonding.

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Currently, in most states, adult adoptees have _____________ to their biological birth parents and related information.
no access
Although laws vary from state to state, most adult adoptees do not have any access to their biological birth parents or related information, like their original birth certificate. In a closed adoption, these documents are typically sealed.
limited access
full access

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What do you need to learn if you are considering a domestic adoption?
adoption laws
It's best to get a good handle on the adoption laws of your state and the state that you are adopting from. An adoption lawyer or an adoption agency can help you with this.
parenting skills
both of the above

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What are the different types of domestic adoptions?
sealed and open
closed, semi-open and open
In the past, most adoptions were closed. Today, you have the option of closed, semi-open and open adoptions. This is a very important decision to make, so think it through thoroughly.
permanent and semi-permanent

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A semi-open adoption typical involves:
the adoptive parents meeting the birth parents
the adoptive parents sending updates to the birth parents
either of the above
The criteria set out for a semi-open adoption depends on the desires of the adoptive and birth parents. A semi-open adoption can include contact between the adoptive and birth parents before and/or after the birth of the child.

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Legally, an unborn baby belongs to:
the adoptive parents
the biological parents
Regardless of signed legal documents before birth, an unborn baby belongs to the biological parents.
the state

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What is important to consider when adopting an older child?
They may have memories of their birth parents.
They may have experiences from being in foster care or an orphanage.
both of the above
Some adoptive parents prefer adopting an older child. Consider that an older child may have memories of their birth parents and/or negative experiences associated with being in foster care or an orphanage.

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Besides age, what other factors should you consider when adopting?
race and culture
special needs
both of the above
Make sure to voice your wishes about race, ethnicity and special needs to your adoption lawyer or your adoption agency.

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Why might you consider adopting a child with special needs?
You are more likely to meet the adoption requirements.
You get significant financial assistance.
both of the above
The requirements for adopting a special needs child are typically relaxed. This means that a single parent or an older couple interested in adopting may be more likely to qualify for adopting a child with special needs.

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Who should you consult before adopting a child?
friends and family
Broach the topic of adoption with your family and friends before the adoption process is finalized. Your family and friends may have helpful advice or they may want to voice their own concerns.
co-workers and boss
both of the above

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What should you be prepared for if you decide to adopt internationally?
immigration issues
unwanted feedback from family and friends
Be prepared for unwanted feedback from family and friends, especially if you adopt internationally. Transracial and transcultural adoptions may not be entirely accepted or supported in your social circle.
medical problems

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How should you handle unwanted feedback from your friends and family concerning adoption?
be polite but firm
educate your friends and family
both of the above
Keep your ground and stick to your guns. Take this opportunity to educate your friends and family about adoption and your desires to a raise an adopted child.

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Be prepared to handle comments and criticism from:
strangers
co-workers and your boss
both of the above
Even complete strangers are going to voice their opinion from time to time. You may also experience inappropriate comments from your co-workers and boss. It's best to develop strategies to effectively handle these situations.

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It's important to consider your adoptive child's _____________when approached by strangers regarding the adoption.
privacy
feelings
both of the above
Of utmost important is to consider your child's privacy and feelings when approached by strangers. Strangers typically make inappropriate statements out of ignorance.

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You should begin talking about adoption to your adoptive child:
at an early age
Begin talking about adoption at an early age, making sure to use age appropriate content and language.
during adolescent
in adulthood

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