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Adopting E-Magazine, January 2013

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When to Tell Others You Are Adopting

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:

  • Will your family and friends be happy for you?
  • Will your family and friends be confused because your never mentioned adoption before?
  • Do you feel anxious to share the news before the adoption is finalized?
  • If you dealt with infertility, are you unsure how you'll be received once your infertility is confirmed with your loved ones?
  • Are you comfortable telling coworkers, neighbors, and acquaintances, or would you rather just tell your closest family and friends?

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:

  • It's a brand new year. Start it off by announcing your adoption to your loved ones. A new year always brings a promise of hope, and so does an adoption.
  • Invite your friends and family to come help you set up your child's room or nursery. This can help break the good news and help get them involved and excited about the process.
  • Ask a loved one to throw you a baby shower. Getting them involved in something fun and joyful can help ease any tensions that might exist.
  • Use social media or your blog to announce the beautiful news. If you're worried about confrontation, this is a good method, because you can deal with the comments when you're ready rather then immediately.

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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