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Why an Adopted Child is Loved as Much as a Biological Child

[Understanding an Adoptive Couples Journey]

Because you are considering adoption out of love and care for your child, you want to ensure you are making the best decision for your baby.  

Hopeful adoptive parents are ready to provide exactly the type of life you want for your child.  

  • These couples have been trying for years to grow their family. They want nothing more than to be parents.  

  • Hopeful adoptive parents have spent years preparing their lives and homes for a child and are physically, emotionally and financially ready for parenthood. 

  • Given the opportunity to adopt, these parents will make their child the centerpiece of their lives. They will not take the gift of parenthood for granted. 

With over 30 years of experience as one of the nation’s largest domestic infant adoption agencies, American Adoptions has helped place thousands of babies with loving, caring families. Understanding the difficult journey adoptive parents take to bring your child home proves how much the opportunity to love a child means to them and why they love your child more than they ever could’ve imagined.  

This guide will explore the impact adoption has on adoptive families and how they can provide your child the same love they would provide a biological child. To get more information, fill out our online form or call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak to an adoption professional who can answer any questions you may have, as well as ease any of your adoptive concerns.  

Until then, read more to learn how an adoptive family can love your child as much as a biological child of their own.  

An Adoptive Couple's Journey to Parenthood  

A couple falls in love, gets married, and eventually decides the time is right for them to start a family.  

Several years pass, and they are unable to become pregnant. They visit a doctor, who prescribes medication to help them get pregnant. But after a year, they still have no luck, so their doctor refers them to a specialist who administers a series of shots, medications, and treatments.  

The medications and treatments cause side effects like hot flashes, mood swings, and depression. The hopeful parents start to feel like animals in a testing lab, and their marriage sometimes feels strained. They know the result is worth it, so they hold on to hope.  

Years pass, and they still cannot get pregnant.  

“Infertility testing is very taxing. Every month, you start dreaming of being pregnant, of having a child, and then if you don’t become pregnant, those hopes are just dashed,” said adoptive mom Sherry, who went through years of infertility treatment with her husband. “You spend some time grieving, and then you pull yourself together and you try again. And five years of that was just really, really hard, not just on me, but on my husband, Harry.”  

Often by this time, the couple’s friends and other family members have begun to have children, and they are reminded of their infertility everywhere: on TV, in stores, online, and even in casual conversations. While these feelings of helplessness and frustration may be difficult for most of us to understand, they are very real for thousands of couples every year.  

You can imagine the relief and excitement these hopeful parents (and others who cannot or do not have biological children for reasons other than infertility) begin to feel when they begin exploring adoption — a very real solution to becoming parents. They often feel a sense of hope that they maybe have not experienced for years.  

And when the moment finally arrives, when the new parents first get to hold their new baby because of a birth mother’s amazingly selfless decision, the joy they feel is indescribable. This was a moment they thought might never happen for them, but they are now able to know what it is like to have a child to love and care for.  

“Being parents is the best thing that has ever happened to us,” Sherry said. “It’s the most fulfilling, the most exciting, the most educational, the most fun. It has just been the thing in our life that we are most grateful for.  

“And who do we have to be greateful to? It’s the birth mothers. Such incredible, strong, courageous women. We carry them in our hearts in a special place because they made us a family.”  

Watch more of Sherry and Harry’s open adoption story here 

Having children is easy for many people, but not for everyone. Adoptive parents often struggle physically, mentally, and emotionally for years. Even if they don’t experience the pain of infertility, adoptive parents wait for a child. There is a hole in their family. And there is a family out there right now who has been waiting to meet you and who is hoping that your child will be that missing piece they’ve been searching for.  

If you’re ready to find them, you can start searching for waiting families here

Why an Adopted Child is Loved as Much as a Biological Child  

Now that you understand an adoptive family’s journey, how much are they are going to love their child? They have been reserving a special place in their hearts and homes for years. They are prepared in every way to become a mom or dad. They have carefully prepared empty nurseries, family traditions they ache to share, a college fund set aside for a child they’ve never met and a backyard they dream of teaching a baby to walk in. And when they are finally given that opportunity, they don’t take it for granted.   

“My mom and dad were a couple who weren’t able to become a mom and dad without adoption,” said Scott Mars, co-founder of American Adoptions. “Of all the people in this world, they deserved to be parents. And without adoption, they would not have been able to share their love, to share their life and give someone the life that I had.  

“Because of adoption, my life was filled with love and opportunity.” 

Watch the video here.  

And the same is true for families who do have other children before adopting a child. They love all of their children equally, and they don’t consider adoption to be “second-best” or a “last resort.” Their children are thrilled to welcome their new brother or sister, no matter how that sibling comes to them. All that matters is that he or she is an equally important member of their family.  

Love is universal, especially to children. The memories and experiences adoptive parents share with their children is what their love is based upon — not on whether or not they share the same bloodline.   

Adoptive parents have fought hard for their children and love them as fiercely as any parent. For adoptive parents who struggled and waited so long to share small, everyday moments with their child, those moments are even more cherished and appreciated. No milestone is overlooked, and no time spent together is taken for granted.  

“[My parents] were at every school event. They helped us with homework. They read and told us stories every night. I grew up able to travel the world, and I learned piano...I took dance classes for 18 years, and my parents were there for every recital,” said Diana, who grew up in an open adoption. “The love is unconditional and it’s constant, and they will always make it felt.”  

To watch more of Diana’s story about growing up adopted, click here

Every family has their reasoning for why they choose adoption, but all of those reasons boil down to one thing — providing a lifetime of love and care for their adopted son or daughter.   

Don’t just take it from us.   

Take it from adoptive families who have had their dreams of parenting come true, by adopting a child through our agency. You can read more of their stories and testimonials of what adoption has meant to them and their family by clicking here.  

At American Adoptions, we know firsthand how much love adoptive parents have for their children. We also know how much love you have for your baby to even be considering this choice. That’s because many of our staff members have personal adoption experiences, as adoptive parents, birth parents and adoptees. We would be happy to answer your questions and tell you more about what your heroic decision will mean to adoptive parents and how loved your child will be. 

If you are still worried that a family cannot possibly love your child as much as they would love a biological child, call us at 1-800-ADOPTION or fill out our online form to learn more about the loving families who adopt or are looking to adopt.  

You may also be interested to browse through the adoption profiles of waiting families to hear from hopeful parents themselves. You will get a feel for their desire to be parents and to provide your child with a lifetime of love and happiness.   

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