Children with special needs may have various disabilities (ranging in severity), emotional or behavioral problems, siblings who need to be adopted as a group, or had some past exposure to abuse, drugs, or alcohol. Children who are older than infancy or toddlerhood can also be considered “special needs.” The guidelines defining “special needs” can vary by state. Children with special needs tend to be harder to place in permanent homes and most spend time in the foster care system, though they are free for adoption. Potential parents looking to adopt a child with special needs may meet less strict requirements than people seeking healthy infants. Lowered fees and a shortened waiting period may be offered to parents wishing to adopt special needs children internationally.
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