Saturday, October 27, 2012

Considering Adoption? (part 1)

If you're thinking about pursuing adoption, you're not alone. There are nearly 130,000 finalized adoptions in the United States each year. Many, many more people are in the process of pursuing adoption, and even more are at least thinking about it. Different motivations lead people to consider adoption; folks I've spoken with have expressed many motivations. Some simply love kids and want to help; some see adoption as a call from God and want to minister; some are trying to adopt their grandchild, niece, nephew, or sibling in order to keep the family together; some want to be parents but have not been able to do so because of infertility.

People consider adoption for a wide range of reasons, and there are many types of adoptions. One common thread across all adoption is that a new family is formed. The journeys are different, but the end goal is a safe, loving, nurturing, stable family. Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting a bit about the process of becoming an adoptive family. Maybe you're already quite far along in your journey. If you're just starting to think about adoption, a good first step is to discern which type of adoption best suits you. My article about different types of adoption can help you get started. If you've got particular questions about adoption that you'd like me to answer in this series, please write me and ask, or post below. Best wishes on this exciting journey!

Another good article to read as you're forming your initial thoughts is this one, about open adoptions as opposed to closed adoptions.


  1. Thanks, Rachel; I'm thinking about writing a bit about the home study process fairly soon :)


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