In Vitro Fertilization Alternatives: Child Adoption

There are In Vitro Fertilization alternatives available to couples who can't conceive a child, such as child adoption. Child adoption is the process of placing a child, whose biological parents have given up, into a family who wants to have children. The family that wants to adopt a child may or may not have other children. Adoption is a great way for people who are unable to conceive a child to have one.

Adoption Process

In Vitro can be a long and stressful process, but so can the adoption of a child. There are also a lot of fees involved with adoption which may be greater than those of In Vitro.

Adoption of a child can be a long, stressful process, but it can also be very rewarding knowing that you are giving a child a loving family. The process of adoption of a child will start out with you finding an adoption agency. The agency will help you through the process and ensure that the adoption is legal. They will run a very detailed background check. They will also check out the home and community where you live. In some cases, they will do a religious check also. There is also the choice of adopting in other countries.

Different Types of Adoption

There are two different type of adoption, open and closed. An open adoption allows adoptive parents and the biological parents to know each and interact with each other. They may share pictures and information about the child. With a closed adoption, there is no information passed between adoptive parent or biological. In some cases, the medical history will be available to the adoptive parents.

There is also the option of becoming a foster parent. Then, in some cases, there may be a chance the child can be adopted by the foster parents. Foster parents usually take in children that are taken from the biological parents because the child may be in danger. In some cases, the child will be placed back in the biological parents' home, and in other cases he will not. If he is not able to be placed back with the biological parents, then he can be adopted by the foster parents.

It is important to prepare yourself emotionally before starting the adoption process. In some cases, it may take a long time to go through all the steps involved. It may be longer if the you want a specific age. Babies are the most requested, since the adoptive parents can begin to raise the child immediately as their own. Older children may have been bounced around from foster home to foster home, and require more time to adjust to another new family.


Adoption is also a very expensive procedure. You begin by paying the adoption agency to get the paperwork started and then additional fees beyond that. The average adoption can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $40,000, depending on the agency and if you choose an international adoption.

There are alternatives to In Vitro Fertilization such as adoption. Adoption may be a stressful process, but the rewards of adopting a child can be greater than anything else.

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