While You Wait
One of the most challenging aspects of the adoption process
- after the voicemail you left an agency to ask about adoption
- while you are waiting to attend an orientation
- after you submitted your application
- until training classes begin
- until your home study begins
- after your home study is approved
- while you are waiting for a placement
- after you have a child placed in your home
... and finishes at finalization!
While you wait
Waiting can be frustrating, lonely, and disempowering. Although you must make many decisions throughout this time(When is the right time to build our family through adoption? Can we handle this? Can we afford it? What age/gender of child do we want? Shall I quit my job? Etc.), mostly it feels as if this very important part of your life is not in your own hands.
During this difficult time we encourage you to use the time to learn as much as you can.
Consider becoming a respite care provider for another adoptive or foster family.
Contact your local department of social services about becoming a respite care provider
Attend an adoption party or a Heart Gallery exhibit. Volunteer at your local Adoption Exchange office or another organization that serves children in your city.
Don't forget to have fun!
Know that the child who eventually joins your home will be more than worth waiting for!