If you are planning an adoption, you must be imagining about a bonny child; however, have you ever considered adopting a child with special needs? For most of the people, special needs mean a child who has a disability of some sort. However, the definition of special needs child comprises a number of factors:
- Physical or health problems
- Suffering from Albinism, Autism or other sensory deficit disorder
- Member of ethnic or racial minorities
- Hold birthmarks (may need medical care or surgery)
- Has a history of abuse or neglect
- Cleft lips
- Have siblings and waiting a group (children) for adoption
- HIV positive
- Down syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities
- Hold documented condition
- Neurological disorder
- Were exposed to drugs or alcohol (prenatally)
Any adoptive parent who has commitment and preparation can adopt a child. However, waiting children for adoption with special needs demands some consideration which is as follows.
You should be clear about your motivation while adopting a child. Are you looking for a perfect child that can fit into your family? Or, you want to give a needy child a shelter, food, and education.
Have you considered whether a special needs child will adjust in your family or not? You may find it similar to adopting a healthy child, but it involves a number of other things like physical or occupational therapy, special medication, or special education as per the disability. For some disability, extra care is the minimal requirement. Are you ready to handle all this?
Although insurance companies can’t refuse a child coverage for their prior health condition when they are adopted; still, you may have to reserve some extra money to meet your insurance deductibles or change plans for a better option.
All children available for adoption are vulnerable to some extent. Have you ever thought about this? Yet, some children are more vulnerable than others, and children with special needs fall under this category because sadly they are least likely to be adopted. It means less are the chances that they will receive the required care and attention they need.
Every child is unique and deserves to be loved and taken care of. Often, proper love, care and attention act as a therapy and child thrives at once s/he is placed in an adoptive family. Do your research about special children needs and if you can give any such child a place in your family, do so.