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  1. Fostering or adopting a child can be one of the most loving, giving, rewarding, and challenging deeds you can ever do. However, going into this blindly can lead to various kinds of failures as a parent or a decision to abandon the child back into the system again. If you are considering an LGBT adoption or fostering a child who identifies as LGBTQ, you should get some additional guidance on how to handle these sensitive challenges you and your child may face.

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  2. One of the most common forms of adoptions in general, and open adoptions, in particular, are the adoption of stepchildren by their step-parents. These adoptions are different from traditional newborn adoptions or adoptions that begin as foster parenting in that the child or children are biologically connected to one partner, but not the other. This creates some special dynamics that you need to be aware of in the adoption process and as a step-parent.

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  3. Any type of family unit considering adoption has a lot to think about, including their level of preparedness, how the family will be affected, cost, location, and so on, but LGBT families find themselves under more scrutiny. While same-sex marriage is legal throughout the United States, certain states may have more restrictive adoption policies for LGBT couples. Make sure that you’ve looked into what your state requires and any policies that they have in place so that you’re prepared, and decide what professional assistance you might benefit from.

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  4. If you have decided to place your child for adoption, you need to consider what type of adoption you have in mind. There are three different types of adoptions:

    • Open Adoptions

    • Semi-open Adoptions

    • Closed Adoptions

    Here are the significant differences and similarities between these three types of adoptions to help you choose the best future for you and your baby.

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  5. Adoption is an option that many people turn to when they decide to grow their families, whether that is out of preference or necessity. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the whole adoption process. The truth of the matter is that most of these unpopular opinions always come from uninformed places and have no truth to them. Some of the common myths that are often peddled include:

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