If there is one piece of advice I would give to those thinking about adopting it is this.
YOU NEED COMMUNITY.
You need a group, a group, not an individual that will walk with you through this. And not walk away.
You need people in your life that will stand in your kitchen after you have returned home after being gone for three months and say “you’re wondering why you did this, right?”. And loving you in the answer.
You need people that you can lay on their couch and cry knowing that you don’t need to say a word you need to just be.
You need people that will bring you meals and not try to hold your child or give your child anything. They understand that attachment is holding on by a thread.
You need people who get what the trenches look like. They are an ugly dark place filled with loss and grief.
You need people who give you space to feel what you need to feel.
You need people who will fight for justice for the orphan not their happiness.
You need people who will cover your house with prayer and pray the darkness away from you.
You need people who will stop and actually want to know how things are.
You need people who know what to do with hair, skin, rashes etc.
You need people who are in your corner no matter what.
You need people to shower you with grace when make a decision that you stand alone in.
You need people who understand that the health department and the social worker coming on the same day deserves a good cry and a latte, if not a bottle of wine.
You need people who are not afraid of the truth. You need people who fight for your family.
You need people who know what it’s like to try and collect bodily fluids out of your child is draining every last ounce of sanity you think you have.
You need people who understand that you cannot spank your child when he misbehaves. Knowing and respecting that this just sends them into a tale spin of shame.
You need people who realize that adoption can bring out the ugliest part of you. Parts that even scare you.
You need people who love you through your own tantrums.
You need people who understand that at least the first year you are in your own bubble of adjustment.
You need people who understand not to take things personally when you don’t return phone calls, much less remember your birthday.
You need people who except that your family looks different. You need people who celebrate that.
You need people who continually lead you to the great Healer.
You need people who want nothing but healing for all of you.
This is my prayer for you. That before you decide to bring another child filled with trauma into your home that you would have these honest conversations with yourself and those you love. That you would ask God to begin to heal the hearts and lives of those around you so they can be your people.