Adoption Advice from Adoptive Parents Panel Original Video | Adoptive Parent Voices

Denalee Chapman August 24, 2015

First time adoptive parents may not know exactly what to expect. These four adoptive parents share some key advice including:

  • Expect a lot of emotion. Know that there will be ups and downs
  • Realize your adoption journey will be unique. Release specific expectations and “go with the flow.”
  • Focus on the positive things going on in your life as well as the positive aspects of your own adoption journey. Don’t expect it to be easy, but find the joy within your experience.
  • Enjoy the growth that takes place within you and within your family unit.
  • Understand what you’re asking of the birth parents.  Be grateful.  Learn who they are.

No two adoptions are alike, but all adoptions can result in a joyful, happy family.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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