Beyond "Happy"

You will feel elated when you finally bring your child home, but you might also experience other emotions on the outskirts of that joy — from lingering sadness about infertility to echoes of failed matches to becoming a parent literally overnight.

A woman holds her newly adopted baby.

When you finally bring your child home, yes, you will feel elated. But many new adoptive moms and dads are surprised by the complex emotions that can sit on the outskirts of that joy — from lingering sadness about infertility to echoes of failed matches to becoming a parent literally overnight.

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