It is possible for a single man or woman to adopt a child the same way a couple would. Raising an adopted child often carries with it special challenges. However, single parents of adopted children also have to balance the challenges of dating.
Understanding Single Parent Adoption
Make sure you have the means to provide for a baby. Note that changes to your schedule will also be necessary. Think about the reasons you want to be a parent and consider your choice for several months before signing the final adoption agreement.
When to Start Dating
If you are adopting a very young child or baby, it may be best to wait a few months before returning to the dating scene. This will give you time to get used to being a parent before you start giving attention to another important relationship.
Who to Date
In most cases, it will be easier for a single adoptive parent to date someone who also has children. Your similar lifestyles will make the relationship much less stressful.
Objectives for Dating
Now that you're an adoptive parent, you should think about why you want to date, and how much time you have to devote to meeting new people. Your child has to be your first priority, so play dates may be an option.
Thinking about the Future
You may be single now, but that doesn't mean you plan on staying that way forever. Once you decide that you want to get married or in a committed relationship, it's essential to find a partner that is just as devoted to your adopted child.