The adoption process can be overwhelming; both emotionally and mentally. You have worked tirelessly to check off all the items on your to-do list: finances in order, profile complete, home study in process or finished, and yet you feel like something is missing. Don’t forget to nurture yourself during this journey. Finding a safe space where you can be surrounded by others who understand what you are going through, may be just what you need. Below are three resources for finding support during your adoption journey.
With our hectic lives, we don’t always have the time to attend a weekly support group meeting. Joining an online community can be a perfect alternative. Online communities provide a place for like-minded individuals to share their thoughts, stories, advice, and support. Those who have been through the process can share their expertise, making useful information available at your fingertips. Adopting Hands is one of many online communities that offer an abundance of resources for anyone interested in adoption and foster care. A simple Google search will help you find the community that is right for you. Even if you never post on one of these websites, read through the stories so you can find comfort in knowing you aren’t alone!
Support Centers and Local Churches
If you do have the ability to check out a local support center, it can provide an invaluable experience. Support centers and local churches often host fun get togethers like family picnics, galas, pancake breakfasts, bingo nights, etc. These are fun, no-pressure ways to meet other people who understand what you are going through and maybe even help foster some lifelong friendships. If you are looking for more structured support, consider attending adoption classes or meetings. This database of Support Groups near you is a great resource to find specific meetings and events in your area.
There is no shame in seeking out private counseling to help navigate all of the emotions you are feeling during this journey. If you tend to be a more private person, this may be the right option for you. Health insurance will often times cover a certain number of counseling sessions a year. Be sure to contact your insurance provider to get more information. Psychology Today offers an extensive list of counselors by city and state.
Whatever route you take to find support during your adoption journey, don’t forget you are not alone and there are many people out there eager to help.