North Carolina residents like you may look to expand your family. There are many ways to do this. While pregnancy is an option for many, that may not hold true for you. This method may not suit your needs. 

Instead, you may look into adoption. The process is often complex and expensive. But adoption is a great way to care for a child and raise them in a loving environment. But how do you know you are ready to adopt? 

View your local adoption checklist 

Family Education asks the same question: are you ready for adoption? There are many checklists for you to look over when trying to decide this. If you have a particular adoption agency in mind, you can ask them if they have one. But most of these checklists have similar contents. Most of the requirements remain the same throughout the country. 

For example, professionals from the adoption agency will check your financial situation. You must make enough to support yourself and a child. Not only that, but you must make enough to provide them with a good and comfortable life. 

Prepare for thorough examination by the adoption center 

They also check the history of any family members the adopted child will live with. They keep an eye out for history of domestic violence or abuse. In general, adoption agencies turn down applicants with family history of abuse or neglect. 

You must prepare your home to receive the child, too. What you do depends on the age of the child you want to adopt. Do you have a nursery ready? Toys, clothing, books? Do you have family doctors lined up, if they need healthcare? Have you prepared for any special needs or allergies they have? 

Adoption is a big step to take. Agencies always ensure you are ready to take it.