The purpose of this resource guide is to provide the necessary tools to build bridges of hope which link willing families with waiting children through adoption—ultimately bringing hope where there wasn't before.
Planning and preparing for the journey of adoption is not unlike preparation for any other type of journey-the two essentials remain the same: Information and Instruction.
This toolkit attempts to meet both of those needs. You will learn perhaps more than you thought you needed to know in order to adopt. One thing the authors of this kit have learned is that often the best adoptive parents are the ones who are well informed at the outset, and who have an openness and expectation that they will need to continue this learning process throughout their lives as adoptive parents. This toolkit will provide resources ranging from how to become learned in the overall process, to where you can find help for post-adoption services. You will also find out about some of the myths versus the realities of adoption.
Our goal is that as you step out to become a place of security for a child in need, you will be unhindered and secure in the process yourself. The first part of this document is intended to inform you about adoption, the second part will focus in a more detailed way to instruct you as you begin the adoption process. If this toolkit makes your journey an easier and better one, then we have achieved the purpose we intended.
At Show Hope, because we view faith and God's call as an integral part of the journey of orphan care and adoption, we have developed a simple message of H.O.P.E. to guide you on your way to "Building Bridges of Hope" for children and families. To view this guide, visit Show Hope.