Why are you adopting?
It’s devastating that some mothers, wanting the very best for their children, have to make the decision not to parent or for whatever reason, just aren’t able to. These children desperately need every possible opportunity available to them, especially coming from a place of loss. They need stories read, lots of love, and safe homes.
We want to read stories, give lots of love, and provide a home. It’s a simple equation really.
Do you want to have biological children?
Usually, this question is asked more like this: “Can you not have children?” Please don’t ever ask someone this question. Before I answer diplomatically, I always want to say “You know, its amazing, at the end of the adoption process we will have a child.” But, to answer the question I’m sure you meant to ask, we don’t have a burning desire to have biological children but would, of course, be excited.
Where are you adopting from?
We are in the process of
an out-of-state a domestic adoption. Most likely, our child will be from Texas.
How old will your child be?
Our baby will be newborn to a few months old when we bring him or her home.
How long will it take?
No one knows! We’re expecting about eighteen months. We’re also expecting the unexpected.
How much will your adoption process cost?
No one really know this either, but we are expecting about $20,000.
I have heard the term home-study. What does that mean?
A home study is a process that involves education and preparation as well as gathering information on our family and home environment. The home study itself is a written report of the findings of our social worker who will meet with us on several occasions, both individually and together. At least one meeting will occur our home.
Do you have a gender preference?
We have no preference at this point but keep picturing a boy for some reason.
I have heard people use the terms open and closed adoption. What does that mean?
An open adoption is when the birth parents, adoptive parents, and the child have open communication with each other. This may look different for each family. For some, it could mean scheduled phone calls and emails or letters. For others it could mean the birth mother is very involved in the adoptive family and child’s life, from birthdays and holidays to weekend trips to the zoo!
Will your adoption be open or closed?
We are willing to have an open adoption.
Because our adoption is taking place across state lines the communication would most likely be through phone calls and emails.