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Infant, Schmimfant

Infant, Schmimfant

Ask almost any parent, and they'll tell you that while having a baby is bliss (those tiny toes! that great baby giggle!) they could have done without the late night feedings, the tantrums and the messy diapers.

When a couple considers adoption, many times they want a baby to raise as their own from birth, and who could blame them? Yet there is a growing number of kids well past the toddler years that need a family, too.

One adoption web site gives us a list [as if we would need one!] of reasons to consider adopting an older child. Many of them are accurate; first and foremost you get to know the child's background, which is a huge advantage! You'll know their milestones, behavioral issues [if any], and medical history. It is helpful in terms of being able to prepare to raise your child. Yes, older kids do come with challenges of their own—but if you're up for it, getting to know an older child and seeing them overcome their past can be extremely rewarding!

Check out the article, and let us know what you think. Would you consider adopting an older child because you have less baby gear to deal with? Or how about because you can match your interests to the prospective child: she likes reading, you like reading, it's a go!

Do you find the article to be helpful as a prospective parent? Have you adopted an older child and think it's the bee's knees? We want to hear from you!

Posted: 7/28/08
LMAYO9

I always told my husband that if we decide to adopt, I don't want a child from Guatemala or Africa. I want like a 5-year-old from Detroit. There are so many kids in this country that are just as deserving of a stable home. This is a great story.

  • By LMAYO9
  • on 8/15/08 10:20 AM EST