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Adopting a child is complex and lengthy

Adopting a child is one way that some people opt to enlarge their family. When you want to adopt a child, you will have to go through a specific process in order to do so. This process is to ensure that the child who is being adopted is placed in a suitable and stable family environment.

Typically, the process of adopting a child is going to involve filling out an application. You will also have to go through an adoption interview with a social worker. That interview is a very detailed interview that delves deep into your circumstances.

You will also have to go through a reference check. This entails the social worker contacting references and asking a set of very specific questions.

A police record check, a home study and court appearances are other parts of the process. If anything in the process doesn't pan out, the adoption likely won't go through. The process is a lengthy one, so people who are considering adoption shouldn't think that this is going to be a fast way to increase the family size. In many cases, the process can take a year or longer. If you are prepared for the process, you might be able to speed the process up a bit, but you should still plan on having to hurry up and wait.

For people who want to adopt, there is a consideration of cost. Adoptions can vary greatly in price. Generally, a public adoption is the least expensive, a private adoption through an agency is a bit more expensive, and an international adoption is the most expensive.

Source: FindLaw Canada, "Child adoption," accessed Oct. 28, 2016

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