While these are just a few of the similarities, the path to parenthood differs widely with each pregnancy or adoption. Everyone is different, but the goal is the same: a family to love. Parents can take comfort in knowing that while we all face challenges, we have much in common no matter which path we take.
The Web. Check out Web sites such as www.adoption.com, which hosts a forum of adoptive parents from around the world. Topics range from international adoption to adult adoptees to attachment. If you have a question, chances are someone can provide an answer.
Family. Most importantly, talk with your spouse and older children, if you have them. Adoption is a decision that should not be made lightly. These are children to be loved, not to be saved. Make the decision together.
Michelle Sussman is a mom, wife and writer living in Bolingbrook. She is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her son, Luke, from Korea.
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