The adoption process—placing or adopting—can be a long and stressful journey. There are many resources available, one of which is an adoption workbook. If you’re interested in using a workbook, there are several options available. You can find applicable adoption workbooks in some bookstores or through websites that offer printable workbooks. Remember that each workbook is different. Browse through a few, if possible, to determine which one is most in line with what you want. There are even workbooks for pre-adoption, the adoption process, and post-placement—for both birth parents and adoptive parents.

Pre-Adoption: In order to be fully prepared, consider getting a pre-adoption workbook. This workbook will explain your options and your beginning steps before you start the adoption process. This includes mental, emotional, and physical steps and suggestions. Your pre-adoption workbook should take you through the different types of adoption. It should explain in detail the specifics, so that you have a full understanding of your choices. Your pre-adoption workbook should prepare you for working with adoption professionals. Before you begin the adoption or placing journey, make sure you feel comfortable and ready to move forward.

Adoption Process: This is one of the most important adoption workbooks you can have. Because the adoption process is long, confusing, and arduous, it is beneficial to have a step-by-step guide. It can be your reference throughout the entire journey. It will tell you the order of steps you’ll need to take to either place your child successfully or adopt a child successfully. There will be workbook sections where you can write your emotions and feelings about the process. This is important. Understanding, acknowledging, and accepting your emotions and feelings is crucial to growth, progression, and happiness.

Post-Placement: While the post-placement workbook is less stringent and in depth as the adoption process workbook, it will provide you with tips and advice on how to either accept your decision to place or assimilate your child into your family. For both birth parents and adoptive parents, this is a great resource to follow and reference for years to come. As a birth parent, you’ll find methods that will help you come to accept your situation and decision. This workbook will help you learn more about yourself. It will help you move forward with life. It will help you to heal.

Remember that there are adoption workbooks that are free online. This might be a great option to try before you spend any additional money. Also consider using multiple adoption workbooks to make sure all your bases are covered. These resources are great for anyone in any adoption or placing situation. Give it a try. You won’t regret it.