Adoption is like going fishing.
(Betcha didn't see that one coming, did you?)
Fishing: You check the weather, gather your equipment and supplies, get in the boat or stand on the banks of a body of water, cast, and wait.
Adoption: You find a time that is right for your family, do the paperwork and go to classes, get a call/maybe see photos or meet the child, receive a placement and wait.
Fishing: The fishing hole/lake/pond/river is huge. There's a lot of other stuff in the water. The chances of catching a fish are not guaranteed.
Adoption: There are so many kids waiting...there are many possible obstacles. (Keeping it real!) Also in the interests of honesty, nothing is guaranteed until a judge declares the adoption legal and official.
Fishing: You have to keep quiet or you might scare the fish away.
Adoption: You can't blab much about the case, confidentiality rules apply.
Fishing: You need patience. Boat loads!
Adoption: You need patience. Boat loads!
Fishing: This hobby can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. You can buy a boat, fancy lures and poles, go out on a chartered excursion or you could get a used pole and look for worms in your back yard.
Adoption: Private adoptions can be expensive. Adoption through the state programs can be free.
Fishing: Worth it. I'd be willing to bet that even when they don't catch anything, just about any fisherman will tell you they enjoy their time spent fishing.
Adoption: Worth it. I'd be willing to be that just about any person whose life has been touched by adoption will tell you all about it!
(My daughter Colleen is adopted through the state foster care system. We are also in the process of adopting two brothers. Please know that the topic of adoption is very near and dear to my heart! I may sound like I'm being silly by comparing adoption to fishing, but the issue of adoption is a huge one and I can't possibly explain EVERYTHING it is to me. It brought me my daughter...adoption made it possible for me to love someone as my own even though we share quite possibly no DNA whatsoever...adoption was hard, it is beautiful, it is a tragedy that created a victory...and so much more! When I find myself unable to fully express myself, like in this case, I often crack jokes and use humor to make a point. That's sort of what I'm doing here...so this fishing analogy is part joke but also part serious. I hope that makes sense!! As always, please feel free to email me or talk to me in person if you want to know more about adoption. I'm always willing to talk about one of my favorite topics!)