Surviving the Wait to Adopt


How to get through the long, emotional wait between completing your adoption paperwork and getting the call to bring your child home.

Picture of baby Tyler, right before the months of waiting

“Picture of Love”

“Picture of Love”

In the photos our agency sent, I saw a serious little boy growing up without a mother. Halfway around the world, I waited and longed for the day when I could fill that role.

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Conflicted feelings

“To Those Still Waiting”

Our "adoption journey" was not an easy one. No, our road was bumpy and dark and full of unmarked turns that were gently referred to by our social workers as failed matches or changes of heart. With every disappointment we endured, I struggled with what I call the both/and—holding two conflicting feelings at once.

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Surviving the Wait to Adopt

“The Rocking Chair”

A white rocking chair helped us through many sleepless nights during the wait, and through many happy memories after we brought our son home.

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Building your adoptive family support network.

Getting the Emotional Support You Want and Need

Open communication can help create positive relationships with family and friends.

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A cartoon image of a waiting adoptive mom with a clock over her heart

“An Expectant-Adoptive Mom”

While I was waiting to be matched, I tried to step out of the shoes of "adoptive mom" and into the shoes of "birth mom."

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One woman describes her foster-to-adopt journey.

“Waiting for Joseph”

During the process to adopt from the foster system, we faced a series of delays. But, at the end, we found a love that was worth the wait.

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How one woman survived the wait for placement.

“Collecting Children’s Books Carried Me Through the Wait”

How did I fill my time during the wait? By filling a bookcase for our child-to-be.

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Waiting families have made gardens to pass the time

“Gardening Through the Adoption Wait”

After my dream of a family through adoption had been planted, it grew in the warm soil of my backyard.

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Mastering Spring Rolls Before I Adopt A Baby From Vietnam

“First Paperwork, Then Spring Rolls”

Food has always drawn my family together. While I wait for my daughter, I'll begin reaching out to her in the best way I know — through cooking.

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