It’s an understatement to say there are a lot of questions and considerations that come with making the decision to adopt. As a social worker at WACAP, I’ve been privileged to work with individuals and couples every day, helping them through the homestudy process, and supporting them after their adoption.
Recently, a colleague and I were reflecting on that experience, and about an aspect the adoption process that’s often less stated for families, but that can be particularly difficult, both before and after making the decision to adopt. It’s the challenge many families face of feeling powerless, or feeling things ‘aren’t in their hands.’ When I think of WACAP’s commitment to preparing families, this is where I start.
Many families make the decision to adopt because, in some way, their own circumstances are not as they’d initially planned. Some are dealing with loss, infertility, or their adoption plans have changed. They may come to WACAP feeling that they’ve had limited control over their life choices.
As a result, many families talk to me about their desire to have more certainty in their adoption process, and certainty about the child they want to adopt, his age, her background, etc. When their hopes about who their child will be don’t align with the children who are waiting, families have told me they again feel a sense of powerlessness.
WACAP helps families know that’s not the case.
We prepare families for the great impact they will have in a child’s life. That child may be older, have a medical condition, or may have had multiple foster care placements. But each child’s need is really the same — what a child needs most is a family, permanency, love.
Whatever has happened that brings a family to WACAP, that family has great potential to rewrite the story for a child, and open up a future that he or she wouldn’t have otherwise had. That’s an outcome that families can depend on. Where WACAP comes in is helping families as they begin this journey, educating them, giving them tools along the way, and helping them prepare for the amazing power of family to change the life of a child.
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About WACAP’s Director of Social Services, Elana Roschy: Elana enjoys interacting with WACAP families and staff, and helping to ensure that families receive both the initial and ongoing support they need as they adopt. Over the last decade, Elana has worked in WACAP’s adoption programs, and as a social worker for WACAP, she’s worked one-on-one with numerous individuals and couples, helping them through their homestudy process and supporting them after their adoption. As WACAP’s director of social services, she’s delighted to introduce and grow WACAP’s support, education and training services for families.