Adoption 101

I think it’s my turn to weigh in here–particularly with some more information on the adoption. For some of you reading this, our adoption news seems sudden and perhaps a bit impulsive. So let me explain a bit. Jeff and I both have adoption in our families and, therefore, adoption always seemed natural to us. We have discussed this option since before we were even married, and have looked into it at different times in our married life with varied levels of seriousness. Up until this point, however, there always seemed to be a sense of, “Now is not the right time.”

God has blessed us in so many ways. We have an incredible network of supportive family and friends and a nice home. We also have a beautiful son, Dante, who is a source of endless delight! With so many children out there in need of good homes, we feel that we have so much to offer — but also so much to gain from the child that God chooses to bless us with. While we may or may not be finished having birth-children of our own, we really feel that now is the time to pursue adoption more seriously.

We appreciate your prayer and support in this process. We have chosen to work with Bethany Christian Services, particularly with the Domestic Adoption program (which means we are looking at receiving an infant born here in the states). We will begin with a full-day class in December followed by a “home study” (which we’ll fill you in on as we have more details) and then it could take a year or more until a child actually comes to live in our home.

Because adoption costs literally thousands of dollars (between court fees, medical expenses, and counseling support for those involved), we will be setting up an account designated for our “adoption fund”. We’re not asking you to contribute unless you want to, but we wanted to let you know that we would find any donations to this fund to be a great gift to our family!

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have along the way. We will answer them the best we can. I’m sure we’ll have plenty of our own questions along the way too!

–Nean

Jeff Says…More!

Heya, folks–

This will be the semi-official site of news updates on the Burkholder family, particularly focusing on the adoption process that we’re about to undergo. What’s that you say? “Adoption?!” Yep, the Eponymous Neaner and I are planning to increase the size of our family while not increasing the size of Neaner’s waistline. Although it will involve a significant decrease in the size of our bank account. I guess you can’t add something without subtracting from somewhere else, eh?

We’re still in the process of forming this part of the website, so expect to find things looking a bit different from one day to the next. Perhaps even from one hour to the next. We’re new to the whole blogosphere and are just starting to hammer some of these things down. Watch your step; we may leave a stray nail or two lying around.

Feel free to pull up a stool, grab an apple to munch, and comment or whatever. Keep it clean and neat, though. Hard enough of a time taking care of our own messes without having to patrol yours.

–Jeff