Post # 1
My fiance and I are planning on adopting internationally. We have done lots of research and would like to adopt a child from China (my brother lives there, works for the govt and speaks Mandarin) and Ghana (I lived there for a summer in college and have friends who adopted from there).
How is anyone one else’s process going? I would be great to start a support thread here and check out the Both Ends Burning Campaign.
Post # 3
I haven’t, but my sister has adopted twice from China. The first adoption was in 2005 (“regular” adoption process) and the second in 2011 (“special needs” list — she was cleft-affected).
One thing I know about China is that it is a really reliable international adoption country. There are several other countries which regularly shut down their process for months at a time. However, because China is so reliable, the waiting list for a non-special needs child is incredibly long (at least 3 – 4 years, last I heard). So my advice would be to start the home study process and paper chasing as soon as realistically possible.
Post # 4
Yes, we are gonna start it two first after the wedding because lots of agencies require you to be married for 2 years to qualify. Thanks for the advice. Wish I could find more bees interested in adoption.
Post # 5
@engleman10513: I think it’s awesome that you’re choosing international adoption. I was adopted at 3 months old from S. Korea by Japanese American parents. I’ve always felt loved and cared for. I know you didn’t mention Korea but HOLT International is where my parents went through. Good luck! 🙂 My parents also did not have to fly out there to get me, I was brought to the US.
Post # 6
We’re interested in adopting! Although we wont be trying for it for probably 10 years. Haha.
Post # 7
Oh yes! thanks for the info!
Post # 8
Also, one of my customers has two adopted girls (from China) and she went through Dillon adoption agency.
Post # 9
I haven’t, but I just want to say that I think it’s wonderful you are planning on adopting. 🙂
Post # 10
Commenting to save. We both work in international careers and have spent more of our dating/marriage abroad than in the states. We would definitely consider adopting internationally for a few reasons. Mainly, though, because it’s easier to get babies which I believe would make the process easier given our specific family situation. I would also love to adopt out of US foster care, but since we move a lot I would not want to put stress on whatever existing family connections that child might already have.
Post # 11
I live in China and would love to adopt from here. My husband, unfortunately, is not as keen. I’m hoping that will change at some point!