Babyboomers have a lot going for them. This is a generation that is characterized by smart investments and retirement planning, healthy lifestyles and a youthful energy. However, as Babyboomers reach retirement age many are looking for a new meaning and direction in their lives. For those Babyboomers who focused on careers instead of family, starting a family late in life is a consideration. However, while there are many options for Babyboomers to use for starting a new family after retirement, it is important to really think about the prospect of starting a family before you take your first step toward parenthood.
Starting a Family When You’re Over 55
Starting a family is something that most people do while they are in their 20s, 30s and 40s. However, there is a small group of adults who didn’t start a family during these traditional years and as an older adult wonder if they missed their chance. The truth is that there are many ways to start a family when you are older, however, while possible you need to look at your health, finances and emotional stability before setting your heart on having a baby.
Adoption for People Over 55
Adoption is a great option for people over 55 who are interested in starting a family. Generally, U.S. adoptions do not place an upper limit on age for domestic adoptions. However, you will need to check with your state adoption agency to see if your state has an age limitation. International adoptions are a little more tricky to navigate when you are an older adult. Fortunately, most countries do not set an upper limit for adoptive parents, however, there are a few that do. For example, to adopt a child in Cambodia you have to be under 55, to adopt a child in Thailand you can’t be any more than 40 years older than the child you plan on adopting, in Peru you have to be under 55, in Poland you have to be under 44 and in India you have to be between 28 and 40.
Surrogacy is another option that you have if you want a child and are no longer able to conceive naturally. In this instance you can hire a woman to carry your baby for you. The sperm can come from your partner or from a sperm bank and the egg can come from an egg donor. If you select surrogacy you can be a part of the pregnancy by staying in touch with the mother, having regular visits with her and attending doctors visits.
The third option that you have is to become a foster parent. This option is great for people who are interested in quickly increasing the size of their family. This option will give you the chance to open your home and hearts to kids that really need a loving home, even if it is a temporary arrangement.