Wednesday, October 2, 2013

We're Adopting!

Hello friends and family!

Josh and I have recently begun the adoption process, and we couldn't be more thrilled to grow our family! We look forward to sharing our journey with you, and we hope to give you a little more insight into the process of adoption.

We are working with Christian Adoption Consultants to ease our process and to potentially shorten our wait. The average wait time with Christian Adoption Consultants is less than one year (woo hoo!). Our consultant provides us with much needed encouragement, tons of excellent resources, and she will also be creating our family profile. This is basically a scrapbook about us – a personal letter to the birth mom, our hobbies, our family, our community, etc - that gets presented to the birth mother, in hopes that she chooses us as parents for her baby!

The first step in our process of adoption is completing a home study. This involves meeting with a case worker, getting our fingerprints inked for the FBI, and filling out a LOT of paperwork. Our home study is a crucial part of our process because our case worker determines if we are fit to be parents and gives us the ultimate approval to adopt.

Here are some answers to common questions we have received so far:

Why are you adopting?

We feel that God has been leading us to grow our family through adoption. We strongly believe that being parents isn’t just about giving birth – it’s about loving a child unconditionally and doing the best you can to provide for them.

Where are you adopting from?

We will be adopting an infant from within the U.S.

Do you have any baby preferences?

We are open to all genders and races... and even multiples! (watch Josh's eyes bulge on this one - tee hee)

How much does it cost?

The entire process will cost us approximately $30,000-$40,000. This the average cost for domestic adoptions.

How can we help?

  • Pray! Pray for guidance for us. It can be a long and confusing process that comes with a roller coaster of emotions. Please pray also for the birth mother of our baby. Pray that she cares for her body during pregnancy, and pray for courage and peace as she makes this extremely difficult decision. 
  • Give! We will be planning a few fundraisers to help us cover a portion of the adoption fees. By supporting us financially, we will not use your money to pay for diapers, nursery decorations, or adorable baby outfits. These are completely separate costs for raising a baby. Adoption expenses cover all sorts of legal fees, agency fees, prenatal care and counseling for the birth mother, and much more.  
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