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North Carolina couples may decide someday to adopt a child. The options are overwhelming. Before your adoption journey, you must ask yourself some important questions. At the top of the list is one. Are you ready to adopt? 

The Adoption Network asks this important question. How do you know when you are ready to adopt? First, understand that there are legal requirements you must fulfill before adopting. Each process of adoption has its own requirements. For example, some may limit the age difference between parent and child. For example, you may have to be 40 years or more older than the child you adopt. Some forms of adoption also need a couple to have at least 3-5 years of marriage. 

Across the board, parents must be in good health. This goes for physical and mental health. You must disclose past and current medical or psychiatric conditions. If you take medications, you need to mention that as well. Those overseeing the adoption will view this information. They make decisions on a case-by-case basis. They do the same for criminal histories as well. 

You must have the finances to support this child. First, the adoption process itself is expensive. Domestic adoption may take 1-2 years to complete. In total, it may cost between $10,000 and $50,000. These are only initial costs. Needless to say, you must be able to support this child on a financial level as they grow. 

Most aspects of your life will fall under scrutiny during this process. The people in charge of the adoption want what is best for the children. If you feel you will hold up to these standards at this point in your life, adoption may be for you.