Be a Hero – Adopting Kids with Special Needs
Adding a new family member is a joyous event! Through adoption, you can give a child a "forever home" and make this beneficent choice as parents. However, when children have special needs, it adds additional layers of challenges to family fulfillment. You can do a number of things to make it great for everyone during this process with the help of skilled adoption lawyers in Oklahoma City.
Determine your family's ability to help and provide for a child based on their type of special needs. Special needs cover a wide range, including children who:
Have emotional problems
Are from racial or ethnic minorities
Have physical or medical issues
Have past histories of abuse
Are HIV positive
Were affected by drugs or alcohol in utero
Are consider “too old” to be adopted
Learn about a child's short-term and long-term needs. Over time, some conditions may resolve themselves, and others may deteriorate. Find out what the kid needs and plan to meet those requirements.
Create reasonable expectations. In adoption, some children have better adaptability than others. Others may have a huge physical, emotional, and financial burden on the family with the care they need. Be reasonable about your family's expectations.
Create a network for support. The best networks use multiple sources like families, schools, churches and community organizations. Give people certain ways to help, and then allow them to do so.
Access the resources of the community. Children with special needs and their families may receive financial support and education from early intervention services, and other special educational programs.
Identify and use medical resources in the community. Build a list of specialists who can help with your adopted child’s medical needs, which may include medical practitioners, nurses, therapists and other health care providers.
Know about tax deductions available for parents with expenses related to caring for children with special needs. For example, you could deduct special school instruction, home changes and caregivers.
We can answer your questions and facilitate the process through our experienced adoption lawyers in Oklahoma City. Call us for a consultation at Mazaheri Law Firm.
** Disclaimer: This blog content is no substitute for legal advice and in no way implies a lawyer-client relationship.