“Adoption,” Adoption (2020)
“The scriptures teach us that God loves little children. The Savior taught His disciples that ‘it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish’ (Matthew 18:14). Heavenly Father loves all of His children and shows mercy to each one regardless of their circumstances (see Exodus 20:6). He ‘is rich in mercy’ and will support them in their trials, troubles, and afflictions (see Ephesians 2:4; Alma 36:3). Each individual child experiences a unique circumstance when placed for adoption. … If you and your spouse want to adopt a child, be sure you know all legal requirements of the countries and governmental agencies that are involved. …
“Adopting a child will be one of the most important decisions you make during your lifetime, as well as possibly being the single biggest decision in the life of the child. Study it out in your minds, and then seek a confirmation of the Spirit through fasting and prayer (see Doctrine and Covenants 9:7–8). With all your hearts, counsel with the Lord (see Alma 37:35–37).
“To prepare yourselves, seek out answers to the many questions that surround adoption, such as:
How will adoption affect our marital relationship?
What do we need to learn to become successful adoptive parents?
What are the rewards and challenges associated with adopting a child?” (Gospel Topics, “Adoption,” topics.ChurchofJesusChrist.org).