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Who are Adoptive Parents?

People who adopt are usually between the ages of 25 and 55.  Ethnic, education and income levels vary widely, and we usually fit into one or more of the following categories?

Infertile couples
This includes couples who have gone thru medical treatments without success, have exhausted their finances without success or have choose to stop medical treatments in order to be a parent sooner. 

Couples beyond reproductive age
Medical professionals are learning more every day, but it has been in the news more recently, that women’s reproductively declines after their age hits the late twenties.

Single people who want a child
A lot of single people, especially women and some men, have always wanted to be a parent.

Couples who have 1 or more children of one gender and want a child of the other gender
It is not uncommon to see couples who have 2 biological boys and always wanted a girl or vice versa. They want one more child, but would like to guarantee the gender of the child.

Women who are able to conceive, but have had difficult pregnancies
I have met several people who have adopted that fit this category. They had horrible pregnancies and felt they could not go thru the pregnancy again.

Secondary infertility
I have often seen a family with one biological child who later found out they could not conceive a second child.

People who have been adopted themselves
People who have been adopted sometimes consider adoption themselves.

Humanitarians
Some families feel they have room in their lives for more children and want to give hope to a child who is less fortunate.

Lesbian and homosexual couples
This group usually includes same sex families that cannot biologically create a child together.
 


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