Welcome to our corner of the web! Here you will learn about our family and our journey of a family member adoption. In July of 2010, after 9 years of trying to add to our family and 5 years after we started our adoption journey, we welcomed baby Emily Rose. Emily's birth mom is Sharon's adopted sister. We look forward to someday adopting more children but for now, we are enjoying our time together as a family of 4!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

How do you know if Adoption is right for you?

I saw this a couple of months ago on one of the many blogs that I read (I think it was Que and Brittany's blog but can't find the post now). I thought it would be a good thing to post for today's adoption related post. These were taken from this page at itsaboutlove.org .
For couples considering adoption, there is a lot to think about! If you and your spouse are wondering if adoption is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

1.Do you and your spouse have similar feelings about adoption? [How do you both feel about open adoption?]

2.Are you and your spouse excited about the prospect of becoming parents through adoption?

3.Are you realistic about the joys, heartaches, struggles, and rewards that can accompany parenthood?

4.Are you ready to let go of the idea of having children through pregnancy?

5.Do you understand that adoption will not cure the pain of infertility?

6.Do you and your spouse have a solid, healthy relationship?

7.Are you ready to be a parent to a child who doesn’t have biological ties to you?

8.Can you provide a loving atmosphere in which a child may thrive?

9.Are you prepared to deal with a child’s questions and possible feelings of loss? [Questions and feelings of loss diminish with an open adoption.]

10.Are you prepared for the rigors of the adoption process?

11.Are you prepared for the possibility that adoption can result in conflicting, complicated emotions?

If you answered yes to all of the above questions, then chances are good that adoption is the right path for you!

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