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  1. 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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  2. Getting your child to sleep through the whole night is a huge issue for all parents, but it is especially difficult for adoptive parents. How can they build attachment with you while also getting a good night sleep?    

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  3. Those who are considering adopting children have hopes for giving children opportunities for new and potentially better life. Most understand that there are challenges to raising children and that adoption can sometimes raise the bar on that challenge a few notches. Some behaviors, such as fighting, yelling and screaming, or using inappropriate language are things that can be expected and hopefully addressed quickly with firm expectations because they are easily noticed and can be resolved promptly, firmly, and fairly. Other behaviors though, such as lying and stealing, are harder to catch and often more frustrating to deal with.

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  4. Giving birth can be stressful, painful, and uncomfortable. When the baby comes, you may be surprised and have to rush immediately to the hospital, where you will likely be out of commission for a while. However, it’s also an extremely important part of a woman’s life, and it’s crucial that your needs are adequately taken care of at all points. Thankfully, the nine months prior to the baby’s birth can be used for planning and structuring a document that details the needs that you have during the birthing process.

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  5. 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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