For many people, adoption may be the last resort to being able to become parents. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to love that child any less. Dealing with the emotional roller coaster that can be the adoption process is something that you shouldn’t enter lightly. Here are some of the ways that you can see yourself through the process.
Decide on the Type of Adoption
The type of adoption that you’re open to will dictate how long you’ll have to wait. Domestic, newborn adoptions tend to take longer than other types of adoptions. You may need to be open to other types of adoptions if you aren’t willing to wait for a few years. A slightly older child or an international adoption may work better for you. This is something that you and your partner need to seriously discuss before you embark on the journey.
Find an Adoption Agency
Select an adoption agency that suits your needs. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your social worker. They should be someone that you feel comfortable opening up to and sharing your feelings. Make sure to research their references so that you don’t end up getting scammed. Also make sure that you know how much it will cost for the adoption agency process. This could be a financial strain on you before you even have a chance proceed with an adoption.
Be Prepared to Wait
The waiting may be the hardest part of the whole process. This is of course after you’ve jumped through all of the hurdles to have your application approved. Keep yourself busy so that you don’t start to dwell on how long it might take. Set up the room as much as possible. Buy items that are age appropriate if you have a rough idea of the age of the child that you want to adopt. You may want to get active in the community so that you can start developing your support structure.
Develop a Support Network
Consider joining a support group for those that are looking to adopt. Other members of the group may have already adopted a child. They can give you any pointers that you may need to get through the process. Rely on your friends and family to help you maintain your sanity. You’re going to need them once you’ve brought your child home. Do whatever you can to surround yourself with supportive people.
Adoption is a great way that you can add to your family. Be prepared so that you can follow through with the process. It’s quite a journey, but the rewards speak for themselves.