One should also think about the genetic history of the birthparents in order to safeguard the child against future health problems. Newborn adoption might be fraught with future health problems: obesity, allergies, cancer and heart problems are sometimes genetic, and the adoptive parents should look into the ancestry of the birthparents to determine what kind of tests the newborn should receive. If adopting a newborn, take the child to the doctor for allergy testing and find out the genetic history of the birth parents, if possible.
While there are still prejudices and bigoted people against, for example, the Jewish and Muslim cultures, one should remember that a religion or culture that has been around for thousands of years must have been doing something correct in order to raise the next generation. Newborn adoption within these cultures can guarantee a good up-bringing. There are costs involved with newborn adoption and the home study period differs from agency to agency, state to state, nation to nation. The costs involved with international adoption sometimes make it an option only for the rich. Depending on the agency and state, the costs can range from $5000 USD to $20,000 USD. One consistent boon to adoption throughout America is the tax credit that is available. This can lower the cost of adopting a child significantly. Look through your local tax laws to find out if there are more, but definitely check with the IRS for the availability of these credits.
One last thing to consider with newborn adoption is the emotions of the birthmother. Open adoption would allow the birthparents access and communication with the newborn throughout its life, while the classic form of adoption, closed adoption, would shut the birthparents out of the child’s life until the child becomes an adult. If the birth mother has a wait-period to legally release the child and transfer guardianship, please respect her wishes if she chooses to raise the child and forgo adoption.
Newborn adoption can look like a convoluted and intimidating process, but do not be afraid. Thousands of children are provided safe and secure homes every year. If it were to challenging to adopt a newborn, not many people would do it!