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Adoption is a fantastic option for prospective parents looking to start a family or invite another child into their existing family. Unfortunately, the adoption process can be both lengthy and expensive, particularly if the adopted child has significant physical or mental health problems. Providing the best possible medical care for your adopted child is crucial. These five tips will help you deal with this huge responsibility:

1. Look into adoption healthcare subsidies.

Minnesota’s Northstar Adoption Assistance Program provides assistance for special needs children and their families. This resource is helpful if you need to make modifications to your home or vehicle in order to care for your child.

2. Consult your personal doctor.

Speak to your current doctor and ask if he or she anticipates any future medical problems. If your adopted child doesn’t speak English, your physician may also be able to recommend a pediatrician fluent in other languages.

3. Check your current health care plan

You may think you know your current health care plan inside and out, but give it a thorough check one more time to make certain that your adopted child will be fully covered. As you deal with the stress of medical complications, the last thing you need is an unexpected medical bill.

4. Plan for the future

A child with special needs will grow into an adult with special needs. Some kids can be kicked out of the house or left to fend for themselves when they turn 18, but this may not be true for your special needs child. Keep this in mind and make sure you’re ready to support someone who may need your care for life.

5. Set aside plenty of time for care — both mental and physical.

You’ll need to devote a lot of time to caring for an adopted child with health issues. Make sure you actually have time available, both for the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of your adopted child’s care. Seemingly simple things such as eating and taking baths may take longer than they would with a healthier child, and you’ll also need to be available to lend substantial emotional support.

If you’re struggling with the legal aspects of adoption, be sure to reach out to the law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. You’ll receive caring counsel and spot-on advice as you open your home and heart to a child in need.