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How can you be supportive to someone who is adopting?

When you find out that someone you care deeply about is looking into adopting a child in Wisconsin, you may be looking for ways to provide encouragement and support. Your proactive efforts to celebrate with them and share in the enthusiasm and excitement of welcoming a new child will no doubt make their experience more memorable. 

Adoption can be a tricky topic and is one that you should approach with sensitivity. When you ask questions about why they have chosen to adopt, wait for an appropriate time and be prepared to listen to what is being said. Likewise, once the new child has arrived, be respectful about the family's efforts to create boundaries and help their new member adjust to an unfamiliar lifestyle. According to, another way that you can show your support is to offer to use your name as a reference when various adoption agencies reach out to learn more about the adopting family. 

Other things that you can do include the following:

  • Consider throwing a shower for the family and have guests bring supplies that are appropriate for the age, gender and needs of the new child. 
  • Provide emotional support and encouragement, and express how honored you feel to be a part of their adoption journey. 
  • Be welcoming and accepting to the new child and be respectful and gradual in your efforts to form a relationship with him or her. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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