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    Eligibility question
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    flynnr posted:
    Hi, I'm new to this board and I have a question. DH and I have two healthy biological children, but we are considering adopting a child to add to our family in the next couple yrs (DH cannot have any more bio children.) My question is, in the research I've been doing I've noticed a lot of sites (particularly international adoptions) say that you may not be eligible to adopt if you are taking anti-depressants and/or have a history of depression. I have been taking SSRIs since October and have been doing fantastic. Do you think this is a deal breaker? I don't know that I want to continue on anti-depressants indefinitely, should I consider talking to my doctor about going off them now since it will likely be at least 3 or 4 years before we actively pursue adoption? Or will any history of depression/treatment disqualify me? I've never been hospitalized, suicidal, etc.
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    flynnr responded:
    I should add that, if after going off the meds I discover that I still need them, I'd go back on them. I would rather be a good mom to two children than a bad mom to three. The reason I'm thinking more of an international adoption is that since we've already parented 2 children we aren't as concerned with getting a newborn or very young infant. I think I'm hoping for 1 to 5 year old.
     
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    irisheyes213 replied to flynnr's response:
    It really is going to depend on the program and the agency that you decide to go with. We sat through one intro meeting where it was discussed and some programs are more lenient about that requirement than others. The most important thing is that you are doing well. Not all programs disqualify people completely due to the medications so stay healthy and when you are ready to proceed then address it is my best advice. This is what we have decided to do as my husband takes prozac currently and he can't go off at the moment. \

    HTH
     
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    KL24 replied to irisheyes213's response:
    I agree with irisheyes213, it will depend on the country and agency. Do your research I bet you will find an agency to work with!


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