Throughout time, there have been made many studies on the issue of adoption and the most recent ones are showing that there are more and more people over the age of 40 who are willing and anxious to adopt. Whether they are committed to someone or they are single, people over 40 are expressing publicly their wish of becoming parents, of helping children have a family and be loved for the rest of their lives.
The bad part is that most of these people, who are willing to make a child happy and to give him or her a happy family, do not have any experience in the field and most of them are not eligible for becoming parents through adoption.
What Are My Prospects as Adopter?
If you are willing to make this step, together with your life partner, you should probably know a couple of things. First of all, the adoption companies usually require couples or single people to have some kind of experience with young children. Whether you want a baby or a 5-year old, it does not matter. You have to have some experience. Maybe you work as a teacher or maybe you had to take care of your nephews for a period of time. The main idea is that you need to have some sort of experience, as little as it might be, if you want to be eligible for adoption.
The process is not that simple and the older the couples, the harder it get. Younger couples have a lot bigger chances of adopting, because they have a long life ahead of them. It is believed that the connection made between a child and a younger parent is a lot stronger. But this is not always the case.
So, When Can I Stop Thinking About Adopting?
If you are eligible for adoption, you should consider doing it as soon as possible. People over the age of 40, maybe in their mid 50s are still able to adopt. After this age, however, it is very hard to get a baby, especially if it is a very young baby. There are some issues that need to be taken into account when you are deciding to adopt a baby, especially if you are an older couple.
First, you need to think about the implication of being an older parent. Children grow very fast and it would be very hard for you to keep up with them, especially in a world that is moving so fast. Back in the day, couples who got pregnant in their 40s were frowned upon and the baby was thought to be an accident and you want the children you adopt to have this feeling.
There are chances for you to get a baby in your 40s, but they are very slim and that is because you are competing with younger couples, who do have a higher chance of being picked out from the crowd.