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Coping With the Wait

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Once you have started the adoption process you will probably be filled with different emotions: excitement, fears, and hopes for the future. You're not alone. The most important thing is to maintain a positive mental attitude.

There are some things you can do while you wait, such as:
  • Select a name for the child using our baby name locator
  • Plan where the baby room will be;
  • Pay attention to yourself and your spouse;
  • Keep a journal of your own feelings, and thoughts of your adoption journey;
  • Read adoption and parenting books that can be found in our online shop;
  • Meet and talk to other adoptive parents on the Adoption.com forums;
  • Take an exercise class or take up a favorite hobby again;
  • Read parenting books and magazines;
  • Reduce stress levels!
If you're hoping to adopt domestically, you can take proactive steps to help reduce the waiting time, like: If you're adopting internationally,
  1. Getting Started with Adoption
  2. How Many People Choose Adoption?
  3. Is Adoption Right for You?
  4. Adoption Self-Assessment Quiz
  5. Which Children Are Available for Adoption?
  6. Sibling Groups
  7. Who Can Adopt?
  8. Qualification Requirements for Adopting Parents
  9. Your Adoption Options
  10. Agency Adoption
  11. Private (or Independent) Adoption
  12. Options in Independent Adoption
  13. Adoption Facilitators
  14. International Adoption
  15. Foster Adoption
  16. Stepparent Adoption
  17. Transracial Adoption
  18. Special Needs Adoption
  19. Military Adoption
  20. Making an Adoption Plan
  21. Selecting an Adoption Professional
  22. Getting an Adoption Homestudy
  23. Adoption Costs
  24. Why Do Costs Seem So High?
  25. Help Handling the Costs of Adoption
  26. The Adoption Tax Credit
  27. Adoption Subsidies
  28. Employer Adoption Benefits
  29. Networking & Networking Tools
  30. Legal Issues in Adoption
  31. Evaluating Adoption Risks
  32. Open Adoption
  33. Breastfeeding the Adopted Child
  34. Coping With the Wait
  35. Glossary of Terms
  36. Recommended Reading
  37. Conclusion
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