Photolisting: Now is the perfect time to raise foster and adoption awareness in your community. If you have your own blog or website, perhaps you would like to add our Photo Listing Widget to help raise awareness of foster children nationwide.
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Don't see any children from your state? Please contact your local officials to let them know you would like to see children from your state.
Blogging: Have you thought about starting a blog to share your adoption journey with friends, family or others in the adoption community? We're always looking for volunteer or guest bloggers with an authoritative voice on adoption topics, such as international adoption, foster care, unplanned pregnancy, search and reunion etc. for AdoptionBlogs.com. This may be the perfect time to voice your adoption experiences and share with our community!
Announcing that you're adopting takes planning, preparation, and sometimes finding the perfect timing. It's not always easy to tell others that you're adopting, especially if you've experienced a previous failed adoption or heartbreaking infertility. It can also be difficult if your loved ones aren't supportive of your decision to adopt. But if you're experiencing hesitation or anxiety of telling others, it could also be because there's still that chance that it will be another failed adoption, which can be the case until the biological family revokes parental rights and after the parents' revocation period ends. But if you're excited about your adoption, it's important to share that excitement with your loved ones.
But when should you tell them? There isn't one answer that fits everyone's situation. Before you know the answer, you must first analyze the specifics of your situation. Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself:
Some of these questions may be relevant to your individual situation and some may not be. Once you've answered the above questions, those answers can give you a good place to start when deciding when to make that important and life-changing announcement. And even if you're not completely comfortable, you will have to announce your good news eventually. So, here are some ideas:
The fact of the matter is you should be excited for your pending adoption. Yes, it can be stressful. Yes, you may be worrying if won't go through at the last minute. Even so, celebrate your situation and the joy you feel about adding a child to your family. It's a lovely time in your life. Remember it fondly and let your loved ones remember it fondly, too. Informing them is the first step, a very important step, a step you won't regret.
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