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Friday, June 29, 2012

7 Quick Takes: Adoption Edition 1


I wish I had some awesome amazing news about our adoption, but I only have moderately interesting news for this week. This blog will become the permanent home of all adoption news as I am suspending my other "Adoption Blog." I just don't have time to have for so many different blogging venues.


We are officially switching to a domestic adoption. Caring Adoptions is a lovely agency placing children out of the state of Texas. Why Texas, you may ask? Why not Texas?


But really, Caring Adoptions has an inter-state agreement with our current agency that allows us to adopt although we don't live in Texas.


Why are we not continuing the international adoption? Time, cost, travel requirements, and cost. Did I mention how expensive international adoptional has become? And Ethiopia now requires two trips for both adoptiong parents. Domestic Adoption is still going to cost us about as much as a new van, but it is way less expensive. And you can still donate to our adoption fund using the paypal button in the sidebar!


Why the heck is everything taking so long? Well, we have recently learned that all, and I mean ALL, of our paperwork was misplaced when our last coordinator became terminally ill. She became ill almost two years ago and we are just now learning this news. Hours and hours and thousands of dollars worth of work are apparently gone.


Time to stop the belly aching and move forward. The last week has found us running around to get State clearances, medical check-ups, TB tests, CPR classes, and various ID cards for presentation. A social worker comes on Saturday to update our homestudy. She probably has to redo it, since it was written rather poorly the first time, and the orignal has been misplaced.


Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile! The kids are way excited, although we warn them it could be several years of waiting.

I think it's a great idea because I really like little babies and because it's nice to make at least one person have a new home.

I think that it will be fun to adopt a baby because it would be fun to have a new baby. 

I like it because we are getting a baby and I like babies.

I think that's going to be great and I like it because it's going to be a girl and that's going to be my baby sister!

Baby-shmaybee! Where's my milk bottle?

Read more Quick Takes over at Conversion Diary!


Katherine T. Lauer said...

Congrats on switching to a domestic adoption and MY CONDOLENCES on all the prior paperwork being lost. That must have been one bitter pill to swallow.

Stefanie said...

How exciting!!

We did anatomy this past year and it was totally awesome. It is definitely our favorite one of all. We've also done flying creatures and astronomy.

Angela W. said...

We have two Ethiopian cuties, and I know that the adoption journey is very much a rollercoaster of emotions. My husband and I do quite a bit of speaking for our adoption agency and about transracial adoption. Often I'm asked, where is the greatest need? My response is always, "A need is a need! Any child in need of a loving family is in need. International, domestic, foster, or relative adoption all meet needs." You just have to follow God's leading for your family and act in obedience to His will. Blessings on your journey!

Mary said...

I like to hear about U.S. adoption - congrats!!!

Kym said...

How frustrating to realize all the previous paperwork was lost!!! praying for you as you move forward in a slightly new direction!

Amy B said...

Love your beautiful children and so excited for you to at least be moving forward. I know it is a long and difficult process. Hang in there!

Jennifer said...

Two years ago! At least you learned why things weren't moving forward. Blessings to you and your family for this wonderful ministry you are offering to one of God's precious children.

Unknown said...

You are on an inspring journey - sounds like a lot of red tape to swim through. I have a lot of admiration and respect for families who adopt. Blessings to your wonderful family!