Surviving the Wait

Waiting to Adopt

“The Longest Mile”

One woman'It's been almost five months and my husband and I are still in labor. The pregnancy was even longer-twelve months. When will this baby come, we ask ourselves.

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Parent-to-Parent: Celebrating the Holidays While Waiting for Your Child

Parents share their experiences of celebrating the holidays while still waiting for their adoptions to be finalized.

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what can you say to comfort a family that's waiting to adopt?

Parent-to-Parent: What Does a Family Want to Hear While Waiting to Adopt?

Waiting to adopt is hard, especially when the wait stretches on for years. Real parents share the words that comforted them and got them through their waits.

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Waiting for a referral can feel like it takes forever

“Slipping into Parenthood”

I bought that stuffed animal — and that book, and that baby hat — in a moment of weakness. But as the wait stretched on, I realized those slip-ups are what kept me going.

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Parents waiting to be chosen for a domestic adoption wonder why a birth mother hasn't chosen them.

“When Will an Expectant Mother Pick Us?”

During the long wait for an adoption match, friends and family may be sympathetic, but they don’t understand the anxiety that leads you to question every aspect of your adoption profile — and yourself.

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A happy father after his birth mother match

“Guarding My Heart During the Wait”

After years of grappling with infertility, I could only focus on what might go wrong during our (in hindsight) perfect match and my daughter's birth.

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One family's story

“I Want the Same Hubbub That Surrounds Pregnancy!”

When I announced our adoption plans, I hoped for the same kind of excitement that pregnant women get. After all, the happiness we're expecting is the same.

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preparing for adoption during the wait

Preparing for Your Child During the Wait

The very best way to occupy your time while you wait for your child is to learn everything you can about raising adopted children, and to prepare for any eventuality.

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Hot dogs on a picnic table, representing the author's first summer as a mom

“My Endless Summer of Waiting”

This was to have been my first summer as a mom. Instead, we're waiting for the clearing of one final hurdle.

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A family successfully formed after a failed match

“From Heartbreak to Hope”

When our first adoption match fell through, we were devastated.

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