Adopting a Baby
As some of you already know, Daddy-O and I have always considered adoption. Now that we are settling into our new house and Supergirl is getting older, we think it is time. After a lot of thinking, talking, and much research we both felt international adoption would be the way to go. And after even more thinking, talking, and research we have narrowed our search to Ethiopia. There are an overwhelming number of orphans in Ethiopia, the adoption process is fairly straightforward and not quite as expensive as some of the other countries. There are also very young infants in need of a home.
So here we are. Next comes the nitty-gritty. How to pay for an international adoption. I have spent countless hours on the internet on this subject. We are planning to take out a loan, use what savings we have, and wait for our tax credits to come through. Right now, this is our biggest roadblock and the reason it has taken so long to send in our application, but I know it will work itself out and we are just excited to get the process going.
The adoption process is pretty simple and fairly fast in Ethiopia. Basically we send in our application, complete a homestudy, and gather lots of paperwork to be put into a dossier. Onse our dossier is complete it is sent to Ethiopia at which point we wait to be matched to a referral. We then review the referral and if we accept we will either travel to Ethiopia anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks later or have the child escorted to the United States. If we travel we plan on a one week stay in Ethiopia and then we will be home with our new baby!!! The entire process takes between 6 to 12 months, although due to an increased number of adoptions it may take slightly longer.
We mailed our applications a few weeks ago and are currently waiting to begin the paperwork. We will soon be getting a packet of paperwork to complete from the homestudy agency and will be meeting with the social worker as soon as we complete our autobiography. We will also soon be sending in our first government form, the 'I-600A.' We will update this website as we continue along, so please feel free to check in often and even leave comments if you like.