My name is Sarah, my little man Andrew will be 2 on Valentine's Day. I have always wanted to adopt (and begged my parents to as a child)! My DH & I are eager to get started (though we have NO CLUE where to start), and currently would love a little girl from Korea. I don't know how we are going to do this - but I feel that the Lord is leading us in this direction. Hope I can join in with you all!
Welcome Sarah! I believe Bekah is adopting from Korea? So hopefully she can tell you a bit about that. Until then, here's a link talking about Korean adoption, with a bunch of resources links...
Just wanted to update : )
We not only are adopting from China but now from Vietnam as well. Linhsey was born on 9/1/06 and is waiting for us in Vietnam. We hope to travel over the next 2-4 months for her!!
Wow, congrats!! Vietnam is a beautiful country. You should start a new thread on the board about this. When did you get your referral? What agency are you using for Vietnam?
We started the process in Jan of this year and got our referral on Jan 31rst. You can see her pics in my blog. She has a very minor cleft lip. We did our dossier in record time compared to our China dossier. We are using IAAP for our Vietnam adoption and they have been wonderful so far.
How long was your stay?
Had come across this board recently and thought I would post. A little about myself.....Well, my husband and I have been married for almost 9 years, been together for 10. Never were able to conceive, although I did have some underlying medical issues with kidney failure. I did have a kidney transplant Nov 2001. We thought since my health was good now we would be able to have a biological child. No such luck. And since we had decided that our goal was to be parents and not just get pregnant we decided to adopt we didn't really persue infertility treatment other than consultations. We initially looked into international adoption but came to the realization that we just didn't have the means financially. I was so sad...thinking we would never be able to adopt. Then we decided to look into adoption through the foster care system. After gathering the necessary information and carfully considering we decided to go for it. We began the process to adopt through our state in April 2005. We went to the training which was completed the end of May. We had our last meeting for our home study with our SW the end of June and that is when she asked us what our "preference" was for a child. We did not care about race or gender, agreed that there were some medical issues that we thought we could handle, our only specification was that we have a child under 5. Of course we said we would love to adopt an infant but also knew that being so specific could cause a long wait, and also that infants are not widely available for adoption in foster care in our area, or so we were told. So at that moment we became a waiting family. I started, and I really had using this word, "looking" for a son/daughter. Made some inquiries but nothing really became of it as our homestudy had not been written up yet and the recruitment SW always wanted a copy of your HS. Anyway, about the first week of July 2005 our SW called, I had asked if she had received a call from the SW of a sibling group we were interested in learning more about, she said she did but then she said something that I will never forget for the rest of my life....."Well, there's a baby that was born in March", they were looking to place this child who was born @ 23 wks 6 days. We were told that he was African American (I am caucasion and my husband is half spanish) I think at that moment I knew that this was meant to be my child. There were alot of uncertainties if he would have any issues because of the prematurity but our thought was that there is no guarantee that you give birth to a healthy child. So, it was a long wait that week for our homestudy to be written, but we were assured that we were the family for Joshua. He was still in the hospital since he was born in March. On July 15, 2005 we were able to meet our son for the very first time. It was at that moment that my husband and I feel in love with this precious baby. He was 4mths old but was no bigger than a newborn. He due date was acutally aroudn July 8th. Like all parents, we are biased and know that he is the most beatiful baby in the world! LOL 3 days later we brought home our son. It was a very fast process, but because I am a nurse that played a factor in the quick placement. Joshua just turned two at the begining of this month and he is a typical toddler. I can't imagine our life without him. I really do not know if there will be any challenges because our son is AA, and have not experienced any as of yet. When showing pictures of my son at times I have gotten responses "Oh, you have a black baby", and my response is always, "I don't have a black baby, I have a beautiful baby". In my eyes, love knows no color. Right now we are waiting for a date to legalize and will be so greatful for that day. Our plans were to adopt again, but by some miracle I became pregnant. I am due May 21. This was an unexpected but wonderful blessing. I believe there is a higher power responsible for us being allowed to have this experience. At the same time I know we will adopt again. So, my son is going to be a big brother! Anyway, I am sorry this was so long. That is our life in a nutshell up until this moment. I look forward to sharing my adoption story as well as hearing others on this board.
Charlotte and Carlos married 8/7/98
Joshua Charles 3/7/05~Home 7/19/05~Adopted~6/3/08!
Lucas Matthew 5/7/07
Benjamin Reed 6/30/09
Welcome Charlotte! Thanks for sharing your story.
Didn't read through all of the other posts, but thought I should intro myself. Some of you may know me from the TTC: 0-12 board. DH and I have been married for three weeks now. Our story is beyond cute, but I'll let it wait for now. We have been TTC for 3 months, and are still trying. I have endo, and PCOS and there is talk of a possible issue with his swimmers. Whether we can conceive or not, we want to adopt. Even before we were engaged, we talked about adopting. Internationally, or domestic. Well, we sent away for some info and we were just crying our eyes out last night reading all the bios for the waiting kids. We are currently trying to get things in order so we can start our home study. So far we have all of our friends and family behind us on the idea. My mom is ecstatic, especially with our decision about possibly choosing an older child who has not been adopted yet.
There, I've introduced myself...On to posting all my millions of questions.
Alyssa & Aaron TTC #1
Lap-2/5/08-adhesion removed, PCOS confirmed, no endo found
August 2010 (5 wks)
06/06/14 - CD1 of first cycle back at trying.