Wait Gain: How To Deal When the Wait Keeps Growing

After going through an excruciatingly difficult adoption wait, this mom offers her best tips for other parents who are facing the same thing.

A happy family after a difficult adoption wait
The instant my husband and I watched the video, with its crackling background noise and continual camera shake, and saw a baby boy sitting alone in an orphanage, we knew we were supposed to love him for the rest of our lives. We learned that the wait would be 12 to 18 months (18 being "only the most extreme case"), and were thrilled. We could do anything for a year — throw ourselves into our jobs, pick up new hobbies, ...

Waiting can be brutal, but there are some benefits. Take it from someone who endured 30 months before she got to hold her son.

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