Heidi & Other Adoptive Parents Say …
Obviously, adoption isn’t something you should just into blindly. Of course, as a planner and a researcher, I don’t think you should go into anything blindly; but, if you are a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants person, please know that adoption isn’t something that should be taken lightly. You can’t just jump into it not knowing anything. Do some research and ask lots of questions!
Many adoption agencies will give you very thorough information that will most likely answer many of your questions before you even think of them or ask them. I know ours gave us extensive information and lists, etc. Also, be sure to check FAQ pages on agency websites.
It’s also a good idea to find another family who has adopted – even better to find one with personal experience adopting from the country you have chosen – and pick their brains. If you don’t know any other families, ask your adoption agency to help you connect with one/some (if they aren’t willing to do this, you may want to look for another agency).
Questions for yourself:
Why do I want to adopt?
Adoption, just like parenting a birth child, is a long-term commitment. Am I ready?
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