Cancer survivors may experience more challenges to adopt a child
the ONA take:
According to a recent study published online ahead of print in the journal Cancer, researchers have found that cancer survivors' options for adoption may be limited by adoption agencies' policies.
Many young cancer survivors often opt to adopt to a child after cancer and cancer therapies leave some patients infertile; however, not only is adoption a long and costly process, but some adoption agencies also have policies that may prevent cancer survivors from being able to adopt.
For the study, oncology nurses participating in a training program contacted and interviewed adoption agencies about the costs and requirements for adoption. the nurses found that adoption fees ranged from $3,000 to $75,000. They also found that a few agencies believed it could be discouraging for a birth mother to have an adoptive parent with a history of cancer, while others reported that a history of cancer could make birth mothers feel optimistic and confident.
The study also helped oncology nurses to become more knowledgeable about the challenges of adoption in cancer survivors, and study authors hope that this experience will help them to better inform their patients on parenthood options in the future.
Researchers have found that cancer survivors' options for adoption may be limited by adoption agencies' policies.
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