Novelist Paulo Coelho wrote, “Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.” The adoption process is much the same way. There is a lot of “hurry up and wait,” where you rush around gathering everything that you are required to turn in, only to turn it in and have to wait for others to do their part. These times of waiting cause bottlenecks, or areas of blockage, in the adoption process. They can be infuriating.
On your adoption journey, these bottlenecks will test your patience and threaten your resolve. When you get to the point that you want to give up, just remind yourself of the reason that you held on so long. Author Mandy Hale aptly said, “You are not just waiting in vain. There is a purpose behind every delay.” The following slides are some instances that could potentially cause a bottleneck in your entire adoption process.