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