Home Is Where You Make It: Step-By-Step Adoption Guide

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Whenever a couple is struggling to get pregnant, one of the most frequent refrains they hear is, “Why don’t you just adopt?” Over and over again, family, friends and co-workers voice their curiosity on why two people need to have a child of their own. After all, it’s common knowledge that there are thousands of children waiting for loving families. These kids need a stable and caring home. It makes perfect sense. Just adopt.

And that thought process proves exactly how uneducated the majority of people are about adoption. Anyone who could use the phrase “just adopt” has never researched what goes into an adoption.

It’s true, there are children all over the world who need homes. And hundreds of thousands of amazing families open up their hearts and households to these kids every year. But I don’t think that any of those families would say they “just adopted.” They didn’t drive to a local law firm and pick a child out of a catalog.

Adoption is an intense, often complicated, extremely expensive and immensely rewarding process. It is not for the weak-willed or unsure. It’s not a substitution for having your own baby. Adoption is its own choice. It’s a brave, loving choice and it should never be considered as a back-up plan.

Here’s a little more about the process and how families can make the correct decision for themselves and their future children.

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