Adoptive parents may travel a different path to parenthood, but it’s one equally worthy of celebration and support.

When family and friends are expecting a baby, they craft registries, post bump photos on social media, and share fruit and animal comparisons to baby’s size. (Baby is a field mouse this week! Baby is the size of a cantaloupe today!)

Then, about a month before baby’s birth, it’s not uncommon for baby showers to celebrate the impending arrival with gifts, games, and food.

But when someone we love welcomes a child through adoption, shouldn’t that arrival be celebrated in the same way? Absolutely.

According to Mayra Mendez, PhD, LMFT, a licensed psychotherapist, “There should be no difference between celebrating a biological child versus an adopted child as both experiences represent a celebration of life.”

When someone in your community adopts a child, they need a lot of the same support as those welcoming a biological child. Sometimes, even more.

Adoption can come at a significant financial cost

By the time Angeliegh Wingard Hartman and her husband adopted their son, they had spent a considerable amount of money pursuing their dream of becoming parents.

“We had spent about $45,000 on two rounds of IVF, followed by $13,000 for the adoption of our son,” she says.

Hartman also points out that “most people who are adopting have already been very drained emotionally and financially.”

Because of all these expenses, they could scarcely afford baby gear and clothing and relied on used items.

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