I was recently tasked with the assignment of writing an article for Adoption.com regarding “what it takes to be an adoptive parent”. At first, I was not quite sure what to write. What DOES it take to be an adoptive parent? What does it take to be any kind of parent, really?
As I thought more and more about this subject, I rested on a few themes: patience, understanding of systems, strong emotions, humor, comfort, perfection, rejection, resilience, “issues”, and the meaning of adoption in each of our lives. Sure, some of these things may be important for any type of parenting. The reality is that they are especially important for adoptive families.
Here’s a link to my article on this subject: Do You Have What It Takes to be an Adoptive Parent?
If you have any other ideas of what it takes to be an adoptive parent, I’d love to hear them!