|You too can explore adoption as an option.|
Adoption has been something I’ve seriously considered since encountering my previous mentee. She was a foster child, but her younger two sisters were adopted. So many older children are left in the system and never get adopted. They are just as worthy of a home as the younger ones. Perhaps that is why I joke that I plan on adopting a 17 year old. Realistically I’m open to ages 4-14. I thought about being a foster parent too. But what if I get attached and the state moves the child elsewhere?
I’m not at a place in my life right now to adopt. I don’t make enough money to support a child, live with roommates and most of all I’m unmarried. While marriage isn’t a necessary requirement for adopting a child, I would like to provide a two-parent household. Ideally I want to adopt first and then birth children. Should I never get married, I’ll proceed with the adoption procedure solo.
To me, children are a gift from God. There are so many who need a loving home. It doesn’t matter how they come into your life. As a parent you are supposed to take the best possible care of them. I think I’ve done a decent job as a mentor. Mommy has a nice ring to it. But there will be no little Toni’s anytime soon. Maybe in 10 years.