Adoption is a beautiful thing, but it isn’t without many challenges. Adoption begins with love from the day you apply to the day you bring a child home. We’ll ensure a supportive environment. We know it can be a tough process, and once you complete it, the normal challenges of new parenthood follow. A supportive environment goes a long way toward creating a healthy family, so establishing it early on is very important. As such, our adoption agencies offer multiple avenues of support to help you on this journey. All About U Adoptions has facilitated successful adoptions for over 15 years, supporting both the birth and adoptive families. Both sides of the adoption process are crucial to a happy life for the adoptee, so we want to help. This article is here to show you the resources we have ready for you during and after your adoption.
Training for Your Adoption Journey
One unique service our agency provides is training during the adoption process, one that prepares you for the steps ahead. During your home study process, we provide a training program to guide you in the adoption process and parenting. Our training program covers various topics we believe you should be ready for:
- For adoption training, we stress the importance of birth parents and how to handle different scenarios, such as transracial adoption.
- Parenting training includes the basics, such as developmental milestones and child safety, alongside psychological aspects like managing loss and attachments.
- We offer our training at home, and you can complete it at your own pace.
Preparedness can go a long way in establishing a healthy environment, both during and beyond your adoption. Every adoption has its own unique challenges, but we want to ensure you’re as ready as possible. New difficulties you may not be ready for can always appear, but having a healthy environment can greatly help.
Continuing Your Adoption Education
One of All About U Adoptions’ core beliefs is that adoption is a journey that lasts a lifetime. Because of this, it’s important for adoptive families to continue learning even well beyond the finalization of their adoption. The adoption process ends once you have your child, but there are long-term effects it’ll have on a family. These effects aren’t inherently negative, but having knowledge about handling them is essential to a functioning adoptive family. To help with this, our agency offers resources that are always available for the families we assist.
First is our yearly in-person educational seminar, the Beyond Gotcha Day event. Any adoptive family is welcome to attend, regardless of whether we worked on your adoption or if another adoption agency did. Multiple sessions are held covering different topics, like what experienced families wish they knew ahead of time. One session is a panel of adoptive families detailing their experiences with the process. We have a moms/dads group that is usually the highlight of the day!
We also provide child activities at this event because, ultimately, we want it to be a fun time for all. Adoption is an intense process, but we want to highlight the positivity of it. Doing so creates a positive environment not only at the seminar but also in life as an adoptive family. This event allows you to continue to learn while also letting you build connections with other parents. Part of a supportive environment is a community, something we want to foster as well.
Second in our continued educational resources is our lending library. It primarily features children’s material about adoption that our families can check out. This will allow you to build up your own library of adoption material that you and your child can use. The education can continue for the adoptee as well, giving them a hand in creating a healthy environment as well.
At the yearly adoption family social, kids can play, and parents can connect.
How You Can Create a Positive Adoption Environment
We’re always here to help you in your adoption journey, and we work hard to create a safe environment. However, it’s important to know the steps you and your family can take together. Every family has unique circumstances, but there are things any family can do to form a healthy environment. Among your extended family and close friends, creating a support network can help you through adoption and any other challenge. Having others to rely on and seek advice from can be a big help, especially as a new parent.
Patience is a key virtue, and it can be important as you raise an adopted child. Depending on their age and development, they may have an adjustment period of their own to go through.
Finally, don’t be afraid to seek out help. It can be from us or other professionals, but seek help if you need it. Life is full of struggles; this is true regardless of your family’s makeup. Adoption is love, and by going through this process, you’re giving a child the life they deserve. But don’t neglect yourself; by getting help when you need it, you’re setting up a positive foundation for the future. These are just some of the many ways you can create a positive environment in your own home. Just employing a few can set a positive environment that will be essential to living as an adoptive family.
Resources From All About U Adoptions
We hope that if you choose to go on your adoption journey with us, you’ll take advantage of these resources. Our goal doesn’t stop at just completing your adoption; we strive to support you for a lifetime. By using these resources, you’ll be able to create a positive environment that you can rely on for all of life’s challenges. These resources are here for you. As an adoptive family, having this will lead to a positive adjustment period as well as building up trust. With that, you’ll always know there are people ready to help you when you need it.
If you are currently facing an unplanned pregnancy or are looking to adopt, don’t hesitate to contact us. As a birth mother we can help create an adoption plan in Nebraska, South Dakota, or North Dakota. If you’re a hopeful adoptive family, we can begin your application and lead you through the entire process. All About U Adoptions is ready to help no matter your circumstances to ensure a better future for everyone involved.