We decided to go ahead and start down the domestic adoption track! Through prayer and through looking at the information we feel that this is the right path for us.
We feel good and at peace about our decision, and as always instead of wondering, ask us the questions you have!!!
So what now?
Once our paperwork gets moved over we start the home study process which will take probably a couple of months. That means the social worker will come to our house, and they will send us a list of things that we need to do before hand. They will check for baby proofing, and just making sure that our house is in good shape for a baby. They will also sit down and interview us, go through our backgrounds, talk about our family, etc. They will also use this time to inform us about the process. The point is that we get matched with a baby that will fit in with us. So they will figure out what race of a baby would feel comfortable with our family in our home, in our town, etc. What type of disabilities might we be open to, what circumstances are we not comfortable with, etc.
So it is informative for us and them, and we will keep you posted as we learn more and go through this process.
With domestic adoption we will most likely get a newborn. We can request race, gender, etc. but it also depends what our homestudy approval says and what the social worker suggests for us. We will be working with the Bethany Richmond office for this (yay we don't have to move adoption agencies!). Once our homestudy is over we wait! That's it! We will make a book about our family that will be shown to birth mothers who we may be a good match with, and if they pick us we will likely become the parents of her child. We will also keep you updated on the process as we learn more.
So, how can you help now?
Most importantely, pray- pray for us and getting ready for the homestudy, pray for our unborn baby and his/her birth mother.
If you have baby proofing stuff you'd like to donate that would be great! (contact us if you want to know what that includes)
The homestudy also costs $2,500 so if you feel called to donate financially, right now that is what your money would go to.
Thank you for your support and please please contact us with any questions or comments,
Kristen and Adam