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Advantages of Adopting an Older Child

Ramsey County Human Services helps adoptive families survive and thrive

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When considering adoption, many people assume the younger the child, the better their adoption experience will be.  However, there are many advantages of adopting an older child.
In an older child adoption:
  • You are able to learn about the child’s interests and personalities and match your interests and personality with the waiting child.
  • In most situations, you will be provided with more health and life history of the child, such as developmental milestones, childhood illnesses, skills, talents, etc.  This information can help prepare you for your adoption.
  • Depending on their age and abilities, an older child can do things by themselves, such as dressing, bathing, chores, and playing on their own.
  • You are able to interact and do things right away with the child, such as riding bikes, playing video games, going to the movies, etc.
  • There are many older children in need of forever homes.  This may mean a shorter wait for you, as well as the rewarding feeling of helping a child find their forever home.
No matter which type adoption path you follow, remember, there are many wonderful moments mixed in with enough challenges to make sure we appreciated the gift we have.