On the one hand, going through the adoption process is a deeply personal experience. A family is giving careful consideration to adding another member, and all the emotional highs and lows that come along with the journey may feel private enough to want to keep them to yourself. Despite those instincts, the professionals here at New Beginnings Adoptions strongly recommend putting together a support system within your family and community to make sure you don’t feel alone in the adoption process.
What Does a Strong Support System Look Like?
The idea behind a support system is straightforward: when you hit an emotional or physical roadblock while working with your adoption service, you need someone or some community to lean on, but at the same time, when things go well, you need someone to help you champion your successes.
What does that look like in action? A good support group can be made up of friends, family members, professionals, co-workers, neighbors, or members of your church. There are even people that have found solace in a community of friends online. Put simply, adoption is one of the most challenging and rewarding things any person or couple will ever go through, and having the right people in place around you is important as you experience the lows and properly appreciate the highs.
How Does One Build a Support System?
While many people first turn to friends and family, it isn’t always as easy as that. Thankfully, there are a few ways for you to build a community of support beyond the most logical starting places. For example, church communities all over the country are typically very welcoming, particularly when it comes to supporting those in the adoption process. At the very least, churches will be there for you emotionally and spiritually throughout the journey, but there have even been instances when the church has helped fundraise to assist in the cost of adoptions—especially international adoptions.
Also, there are many groups on social media platforms like Facebook that can allow people to branch out in other ways. The beautiful thing about the internet is that it brings together a world of people experiencing the same types of things, even if those people are hundreds or even thousands of miles apart. Do a little digging around to see what the online communities are like for people going through the adoption process to see if there’s any solace or support you can find there.
Finding Support Through New Beginnings
Here at New Beginnings Adoptions, we are happy to help you make some connections with a group that can help support you as you work toward adopting a child into your home and family.
We understand better than anyone exactly what goes into this process, which is why we make sure our clients have the proper support in place. As with every step, we want to help as much as we can, and we know helping you find a system of support is a major part of that.