Many of you have been asking the same questions about our adoption, so I figured now is a good time as any to put all our answers in one place. I know I’ve been MIA for awhile with the blog, but now that wedding season has slowed down, expect to hear more updates!
Where are you adopting from?
We are adopting internationally through China’s waiting child program.
What is a waiting child?
A waiting child is a child who is less likely to be adopted because he or she is a little older or has some sort of special need. Many of these children’s medical needs are easily repaired in the U.S. and simply have not been addressed in the orphanage due to a lack of resources.
What age child are you adopting?
We are open to a child 0-4 years old.
Are you adopting a boy or girl?
Most likely a boy.
How long will it take?
Roughly 12 to 15 months, depending on how quickly documents are gathered and processed.
How much will it cost?
Why did you decide to adopt internationally?
Every child (whether domestic or international) has a right to have a family. With that said, several factors have influenced our decision to adopt internationally. On one level, our experience working with orphans overseas has given us a special desire to adopt a child who may be existing under very difficult conditions and whom we can share an interest in his native country’s culture, if that becomes important to him when he’s older. Also, every country, including the US, has very different requirements for adoption– both financial and requirements of time. China and its process of adoption seems to fit our family best at this point in our lives.
Phillip and me on our orientation call with our adoption agency. Home study is next!