Sophie Ashton, author of The Secrets of Successful Adoptive Parenting, describes the emotional struggle she went through soon after her daughter moved in. Admitting that she did not anticipate the emotional toll it would take on her and her husband, she nonetheless says that adoption can be a wholly rewarding experience that brings joy, hope and fulfillment.
Everyone’s adoption story is unique and special to them. Yet many include the similar frustrations associated with the adoption approval and matching process and/or the emotional anguish associated with the loneliness and heartache of infertility.
Our story is but one of many, and one with which many people will identify. Getting through the adoption approval process took my husband and I two years, followed by 13 months to find our daughter and a further 10 months of waiting for the matching panel to approve us as her parents. As you can imagine there were many frustrations along the way. On the plus side, by the time Lucy moved in we’d had many years to read adoption related books, attend courses and prepare for her arrival. We were super excited and felt more than ready to welcome Lucy as our new daughter into our home. Continue reading