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12 Recommended Readings When You're Waiting through the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, which means it’s almost time for family, festivities, and fun! But, when you’re waiting to adopt, trying to get through the season can be exhausting. If you’ve tried just about everything to get your mind off of the wait, and you’re still looking for resources, we’ve rounded up some articles to help you cope. Check them out below.

Waiting to Adopt During the Holidays

Waiting is the hardest part of an adoption, especially during the holidays. Although these articles don’t have the power to make your stress completely go away, reading tips and advice from other adoptive families can be a source of comfort. Here are some suggestions to help you get through the busy season.

Navigating Holiday Get‐Togethers with Family

It isn’t always fun and games during family gatherings. Depending on what your family looks like, you might be placed in some uncomfortable situations. If you’re anticipating some awkward questions about your adoption, here are some articles to help you respond to well‐meaning family members.

What to Do While You’re Waiting to Adopt

All adoptive families expect the wait, but actually surviving it is a different matter. But, there are ways that you can fill up your free time. Here are some suggestions for things to do while you’re waiting during or after the holiday season.
  • "217+ Things to Do While You’re Waiting to Adopt": This article offers suggestions and tips to keep adoptive families busy. Whether you’re looking for yourself or for your spouse, there are plenty of ways to keep someone occupied.
  • “How to Survive the Big Wait”: If the post above still has your scratching your head for ways to fill up the time, this article has a few other ideas to help you survive the long wait.

Waiting Stories from Other Adoptive Families

The good news about waiting for an adoption opportunity is that you’re not alone. There are tons of other hopeful parents who have been, or are currently, in your shoes. Read a few stories from other adoptive families who’ve had a long wait below. We know the wait is hard. Even so, remember to have faith that everything will be okay. The wait can be long, but we promise that it won’t last forever. Remember, you can always reach out to your adoption professional for support and counseling at any time.

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