Thank you all so much for all your questions about adoption!
We are so excited to share this with you all.
You all are a curious bunch (which is fantastic) so let’s get started!
Do lots of people adopt domestically?
Yes. It is very common to adopt from here in the US. You can do that several ways. You can foster to adopt, adopt privately, or adopt through an agency.
Here in Kentucky it is hard to get an infant through the state. In fact, they told us to not waste our time. However, Bobbi had great luck with that! I depends on your state and county.
To adopt privately, it would have to be a word of mouth case. You find out that someone wants to place their child for adoption and the two of you arrange for you to adopt their child. This can be pretty risky since there is no 3rd party. Lawyers would be involved to draw up paperwork and such.
We are adopting through the agency. This means the agency matches us with a birthmom and sees us through placement of the child in our home. I love having that extra comfort and support.
Can you potentially have a child from anywhere in the country or just your state?
Since we are adopting through an agency, we can get a child from anywhere in the country. How nice would it be to visit a blend during our adoption process?? 🙂
Do you know what the waiting times are like?
I wish! Waiting is the hardest part. That all depends on the number of birthmothers and cases available. That is why it is good to go with a larger agency that places lots of children every year. It also depends on you being chosen. The birthmothers in a lot of cases want to choose the family that will be the adoptive parents.
Let’s just hope we are likable!! 🙂
About how long does the whole process take- from the beginning until the moment you get your child in your arms?
I wish I knew! Everything is such a waiting game with adoption. First you have to complete your home study. That took us about 3 months, because we had to get things from Tennessee and Kentucky. After that, you sign with your agency. After your get your profile completed and any additional training done, you are ready to be shown to birth mothers. I will say that the more open you are to situations, gender, and race the quicker it is. Luvy and I are open to anything!
We can’t wait until we get that call from our agency that says we have been selected by a birth mom!
Until then, all we can do is wait and pray. Pray for the birthmother and for the child that will soon be ours!
Please pray with us!
Any other questions about adoption?
For my US friends, what are you doing for Thanksgiving? We are headed to TN to see our families!