If you think about it, anyone is "allowed" to get pregnant—this is even true for people who would be completely unable or even unwilling to care for a baby properly.
And yet when you make the decision to try to adopt a child, you must:
- Have your fingerprints taken
- Receive a complete physical examination
- Invite a social worker into your home to study your family
- Sell yourself and your spouse to potential birth parents
The process can take years and can be a time of keeping feelings bottled up inside. Many people avoid telling their friends and family because they don't want to deal with the "usual questions."
Having a place to let your feelings out is of the utmost importance when trying to adopt a child. Learning to process your feelings isn't easy at times like these, but it can be done with the guidance of a therapist who’s experienced adoption first-hand.