Children First: Making the Paradigm Shift from Infertility to Adoption
Moving from infertility to adoptive parenting is a complicated emotional process. In transferring from the process and the culture of infertility and its treatment to the process and culture of adoption, consumers are expected to make a huge shift. The Barrier?
Medical treatment is centered on the needs and wishes of the paying-client—the adult who wanted a baby (that’s you!).
Adoption’s culture is centered on the needs and best interest of the one client who has no say in the process and who bears no financial responsibility—the child (not you!). Adoption is child-centered rather than adult-centered. But you, one of three clients in the picture, will carry all of the financial risk and burden. Not fair, you say? I understand. Been there. Felt that. But as my children by adoption have grown up, as our relationships with them and some of their birthparents have developed, I’ve changed my thinking a lot.
Here’s something you probably don’t understand if you are not yet a parent. Parenting itself changes everything. From the moment you become a parent forward, your child’s needs will always come before yours and before anyone else’s in your life. For those who conceive their children, that shift comes automatically as part of the pregnancy experience. Indeed, it’s that shift in thinking that makes it possible for birthparents to plan an adoption. For those who adopt, however, making that shift is not automatic.
Unless one makes a deliberate choice to shift thinking, to participate in an adoption expectancy period, the shift won’t likely happen until after the child arrives. And by then, many infertile couples can have made some pretty bad choices already—choices rooted in their frustration, in their reactions to many losses that infertility has brought to them, in the desperation they have begun to feel about ever being able to parent.
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