Whether or not to add another child to your home is a very tough decision. There is much to consider. On more than one occasion the thing that we had to stop and think about is timing. Timing is one of those things that may be easily overlooked, but could also easily be one of the most important aspects of the decision before you.
At one point we were busy adding on to our home and there was a lot of construction. This not only posed as a potential safety hazard, but it was also a time suck for my husband who was doing most of the work himself. So, I was not getting the daily break from the kids that I was accustomed. This was very stressful on the family.
More recently we are in the middle of making a pretty big move. We've never had to relocate before. We made the decision not to move our foster children with us. They would be too far from siblings and other birth family connections that were important to them. While painful decision to move the children, we were not going to be an adoptive resource so, it was in their best interest to move to another foster home.
We have also decided to put the idea of adopting again on hold until our daughter goes off to college. We get to spend her last few years home with just her. She has shared her space and important people with other children her entire life. I feel good about giving her this time.
What are other points have you and your family considered when deciding whether or not to add to your family, whether through foster care or adoption?
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