How long does adopting take?

Adopting a child always requires a waiting period of some duration. When home studies are presented, the custodial agency for the child must assess the strengths of all the interested families and decide which family can best meet the needs of a specific child.

The time frame is not predictable and it can be frustrating for families who are ready and prepared to adopt. A prospective parent who has abilities/strengths to meet the needs of a waiting child with special needs may wait nine months or more.

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1. How long does adopting take?
2. How much does it cost to adopt?
3. What kind of children are waiting to be adopted?
4. Is financial assistance available for adoptive parents?
5. What is adoption?
6. Are there certain requirements before becoming an adoptive family?
7. Is fostering or adopting a child just like raising my own children?