Wednesday, August 6

ADOPTION QUESTIONS ANSWERED

When we were looking to start the adoption process I looked high and low for as many answers as I could find. I read blogs, I asked endless questions, I researched, I soaked it all in. I remember feeling like I was waiting to read the perfect thing, find the perfect answer, or come across the perfect story that would answer all my questions and point me in the right direction. That never happened though. I found a wealth of information and we connected with so many wonderful adoptive parents, but we never knew what was ahead of us until we walked this road ourselves.


I feel like this is true, and will be true, for everyone when it comes to adoption. Every child, every case, every family, every agency, every adoption is so different and unique and case specific. There is no norm, which is frustrating at times, but also part of the beauty that consumes this thing I love so much.

These are some questions I have gotten while walking through Abram's adoption. If you have any other questions, you can ask them in comments or shoot me an email. Also, I'm sharing some more photos from our court date here. (Thanks, Nan!)


What is your advice to someone who wants to start the adoption process? Pray, dig deep, get creative, and start! You have to start somewhere, so just begin. Prepare your heart for a long, messy road. Even if it's a shorter road than most, it will still be long. Even if it's a "less complicated" adoption, it will still be messy. You are taking something broken, and making it beautiful, but it will always stem from brokenness, no matter what. It think it's always important to acknowledge and know that, for you and your child, especially as they grow.

What did you do to start the adoption process? I started to email and call every adoption agency that I was considering. Most would send along packets of information regarding the costs and the process. We went to two different agencies information nights for prospective adoptive parents. When we went to our agency we both knew, without even talking to each other, that this was the one. We went through training classes and a home study, before becoming a waiting family.

How long did it take to be matched with Abram? We started the adoption process in June 2011 and got the phone call about Abe in August 2013. He came home September 2013.

Did you foster to adopt? No, we did not. We adopted through a local private adoption agency in upstate New York.



Why did you choose domestic adoption over international adoption? Both are really wonderful but when it came down to it, for us, we knew that there is a great need right here in our own state for adoptive parents. Also, in general, domestic adoption costs less than international adoption. We tried not to overthink all the options. Unless God was closing a door, we kept walking. As much as we would love to, traveling once, maybe twice, out of the country for unknown amounts of time, while already having three children at home, would have been very hard for our family, and for my husband taking time away from work.

How come it took so long for your finalization court date? Everything is a process when it comes to adoption. Waiting for a court date, and having the legal work done that is due for that court date, included. We also had a unique case where we brought home Abram before his birth mom had her court date. We brought him home, had to wait for her court date, wait for 30 days to pass after that, have three monthly home visits with our caseworker, have several meetings with our attorney, and then finally get a date.



Is your son's birth mother local? Yes, she is.

How much communication do you have with a birth mom in an open adoption? This is all case dependent. At our agency, they present adoptive parents with the birth mother's requests for openness,  and have you agree to them, before showing her your family's profile. We will see Abe's birth mom once a year and also send her letters and photos. All of our communication, as of right now, is done through our agency. We will get to see her next week for the first time since we brought Abe home and we couldn't be more excited!


How did you save enough/fundraise enough/make money to go towards adoption? We were blessed to be with an agency that is really for birth moms, and adoptive parents alike. They provide health care, counseling, and housing of birth moms which is really wonderful. For adoptive parents, payments were split into three. 1/3 due when you finished your home study, 1/3 due when you were matched, and 1/3 due when you have your finalization court date. For us, that meant one payment each year for three years, because of how our adoption process panned out. This, of course, made it much more doable than a huge, lump sum all at once. Our agency also offered payment plans, if needed. We were blessed to have fundraised almost 100% of our adoption costs. Get creative! There are so many ways to fundraise, the possibilities are really endless.

What do you tell your biological children about Abram's adoption? Everything! We talk openly about adoption in our house, and will forever.

I hope that helps answer some of the questions about our sweet Abe's adoption, and domestic adoption in general. Love to you, friends.

7 comments:

  1. I loved reading through these answers! So much wisdom! I really liked in the first question how you said that even though some adoptions are "less complicated" you're still dealing with brokenness. And in our situations, we've found that there are "equal complications" in each situation. So what may mean easier for in one instance, could potentially mean harder down the road. All we can do is pray that God eases our kids's questions and pain as they begin to fully understand their stories. So happy for yall!

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  2. this is great--- I really want to adopt some day, and even reading stuff like this is so helpful. :)

    also, this line is my fave: "You are taking something broken, and making it beautiful, but it will always stem from brokenness, no matter what. "

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  3. Thank you for sharing this~I love hearing your story! We have talked off and on about adoption, and I think it is such a blessing and a gift. It just reflects God's love and adopting us into HIs family so perfectly. :)
    Love seeing the pics of Jen's family with you too! :) You're all a huge inspiration to me!

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  4. I love this post, Danielle! Our process sounds quite similar to yours- domestic adoption within our state through a private agency. We began our initial paperwork June 2013 and have been waiting since January 2. We pray daily for our child, but also for our birthfamily, especially our birthmother.

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  5. i love q&a's about adoption. i'm always most curious as to how people decide on foster, private, or international, and it was good to hear your answer on that.

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  6. thanks for sharing... i couldn't agree more! i know i loved looking at others' adoption journeys, but really each story is so different. what i love about that though, is how the heart really has to look within and can't just look to others. adoption is so beautiful and personal and each family gets their very own story! the waiting was the hardest thing i ever did...and watching our daughter wait too...but the work that this waiting did in us is priceless. blessings on your family!

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  7. I like this blog very much. It's very informative. Thanks for sharing this.

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