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Farrah Abraham's adoption plans sound too good to be true

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Teen Mom star may not get to adopt the child she's planning for

Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham may be the most controversial of her cast mates. From starring in her own sex tape to engaging in social spats on Twitter, Abraham never leaves her fans bored. But her most recent endeavor is raising eyebrows for a different reason.

In a recent interview, Abraham declared that she's ready to give her 6-year-old daughter, Sophia, a sibling. She stated that Sophia is pushing for a little sister and that she hopes to be able to give her one within two years. Abraham says she wants to adopt a girl — specifically, a baby girl or a girl who is around the 3-year mark.

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When asked about her future and how she would handle the conversations with her daughters pertaining to her racy past, Abraham said she will simply "keep it real" with them, that she will discuss it with them like a friend would.

As of right now, Abraham has only her daughter Sophia's questions to answer, but the reality star seems ready to make adoption plans in the near future. But is she ready? Adopting a child is truly one of the most beautiful gifts to give, but it's not nearly as easy as this interview makes it sound.

Abraham's very specific about what she wants — a girl ranging from a newborn to around 3 years old. It appears as though she has not yet done her homework on the adoption process, because if she had, she would know that most adoption agencies do not allow parents to choose the gender of the child they'll be adopting.

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Not to mention, the two-year time frame may not be up to Abraham.

First, prospective parents generally have to select an agency. Then they need to complete a home study, in which they'll be interviewed by a social worker multiple times so they can get a good gauge of whether or not the prospective parents are ready to welcome an additional child into the family. If you don't pass, you don't get to adopt, whether you want to or not.

After that, a mom- and/or dad-to-be works with a social worker to begin the search for a child who is a good match for the family, and at that point, if all parties agree, you may potentially be able to begin visiting the selected child. Once all this has happened, a parent may or may not receive a placement, and the adoption process will be finalized after she meets with a judge and receives an amended birth certificate.

And, of course, parents have to fork over anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000 in fees and expenses throughout the adoption process if they adopt privately. All in all, the process can take anywhere from two to seven years for a healthy infant, while it can vary for other kids.

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Though it may come with a hefty price tag and a lengthy list of requirements, giving a child a proper home is the greatest gift they could ever receive. Many people build their families through adoption, so while Farrah Abraham's got a long road ahead of her, if she's as committed as she says she is, that road will be totally worth it.

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Teen Mom star may not get to adopt the child she's planning for
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