You may be reading this because you are considering adoption. There is a great deal of information available on the process when you are ready to get started. There are children in foster care who are available, international adoption options and special needs adoptions. People who are thinking of adoption have very personal reasons for wanting to do so, and many have been through painful years of infertility. What you need right now is help to make the decision. It is not an easy one to make, but at this point you have not had an easy road.
Adoption is not for the faint of heart. You could experience years of waiting, piles of paperwork, overseas travel if you decide to adopt internationally, and the uncertainty of not knowing when or even if you will ever get to bring home a child.
You are still reading because your heart has been broken and is still able to love. It has been broken and left open; open to love a child who does not look like you, open to love a child who is not the infant you longed for, open to love a child who may have a physical handicap, but most of all open to love a child who has a great need for unconditional love to help overcome the pain of rejection, and sometimes abuse.
You are still reading because God has chosen you to be the parent of one of His abandoned children. Of all the people in the world, you are the one who He is trusting to love and cherish His child. It is He who is filling your broken heart with overflowing love for a yet unknown child.
So start your search and choose which option will work for you, trusting that your child will be ready to come home with you when the time is right. No, it will not be easy. But when the day finally comes, and you see your child for the first time, you will open your arms in welcome and it will be like you have known this child all your life.
Then the difficult journey to raise your child will begin. It will no longer be about you, it will be all about your child, and there will be great joy as you celebrate each accomplishment, each step forward your precious child takes, and when your family hits bumps in the road, you will navigate them with love, patience, and strength because adoption is not for the faint of heart.