Infertility can be a heart-wrenching situation for couples. You have a dream of what you want your life to be like in the future, and you feel frustrated and helpless in making those dreams come true. After finding out there are infertility issues, couples go through a myriad of thoughts and emotions. Some endure long, uncomfortable, costly medical treatments. Sometimes they are then blessed with a child, and other times not. Some choose to be foster parents. Some decide that perhaps having children is not for them after all. And some choose adoption.
Adoption is beautiful; it's accepting a child into your home and your heart who really, truly needs you. There are many children out in the world right now who live in terrible conditions, who are neglected, who have no one to provide them with their basic needs. There are also heartbroken, frightened women out there right now who are pregnant and know they cannot provide a good life for their baby. People who choose to take these children in as their own, to love them and nurture them and provide for them, are angels to these birthparents and to the children.
Of course, it’s not an easy road. The adoption process is often a long, complicated journey. There is research to do, financial commitment (depending on what kind of agency you use), worry, waiting, home visits, mountains of paperwork, a wide spectrum of emotions of all kinds, and the fear of the unknown. Once you decide to adopt, you must be mentally and emotionally prepared for this journey, and you must keep positive thoughts and hopes that your journey’s ending will be well worth all the obstacles along the road.
It takes love, dedication, patience, and strength to begin the adoption process. But when you do, you’ll learn that you do have these traits, and that these same traits are what will make you a good parent to a child in need. You’ll be glad you did it when you look towards your dreams again and realize they’ve come true; they just look a little different.