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We know that considering adoption often raises many questions in families. Though it may be overwhelming as you begin this journey, know that here at the Orphan Care Initiative, we have amazing adoptive families that have been in your shoes and are here to support you every step of the way!

As you begin to consider adoption, it’s important to ask the right questions. It’s healthy to consider all the implications of what bringing a new child home will mean for you and each member of your family. Here are ten questions to think over as you consider the adoption process:


Why do I want to adopt?

What are my biggest fears regarding adoption?

Do my close family and friends support my decision to adopt?

What personal experiences do I have regarding adoption?

What, if anything, do I need to “let go of” before I adopt?

What support and resources do I have or need to further develop before I adopt?

What are some misconceptions that others close to me have about adoption?

How do I anticipate that adoption will change my life?

If I don’t adopt, what will my family do?

What in my life is my biggest barrier to adoption?


If you are interested in fostering or adopting and would like help answering these questions or any other question you may have, join us for our Thinking About Adoption or Foster Care information session every first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 in MO2. Families from Saddleback who have adopted and fostered will share helpful overviews and answer your questions in a no-pressure environment.

We’re also always available by phone (949-609-8555) or email (orphans@saddleback.com).



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