We’ve all been there as hopeful adoptive parents: On the one hand, you have this intense yearning to bring a child into your home.
But on the other hand, the deeper you get into the adoption process and the more horror stories you hear, the more you question whether you’re really cut out to become an adoptive parent and can love a child who is not biologically related to you.
Is the bonding process for an adopted child the same as it is for a biological one? If not, how is it different? And how long does it take?
Adoption is full of unknowns and one of the biggest uncertainties is how will you connect with the child that is placed with you. Will the love come instantly, or will it take time? And what if you don’t feel anything at all?
Not to worry. When it comes to adding a child to your family, adoptive parents experience the same range of emotions—excitement, happiness, gratitude, love, fear, doubt and pride—as any other parent.
In fact, because their journey to parenthood takes longer and involves more hurdles and complications, some would argue that the feelings adoptive parents experience are even stronger and more intense than they are for biological ones.
And yet, at the end of the day, there’s no denying the fact that no matter how your child comes to you, whether it’s biologically or through adoption, love is love.
But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself in this moving video of an adoptive couple meeting their child for the very first time.
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