International adoption can sometimes be romanticized, or can create a savior mentality. I’ve often heard, “Oh, he is so lucky you saved him!” Yes, my son is blessed, but so are we! We searched the world for him; so yeah, we are lucky to have found him, but he has completed our family and saved us more so than us saving him! Adopting internationally can be scary and it isn’t for everyone. When we adopted from Russia we thought we were prepared for what was coming. We were adventurous, loved to travel, and wanted a time frame for our first adoption situation. We had no idea the level of trust, the physical toll, the mental exhaustion, and ultimately the unknown changes that were ahead! Here are a few reasons why international adoption needs a lot of consideration before diving in.
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