Chris and I are really excited to share the news that we are adopting a child. After a TON of research, we've chosen an open, domestic, infant adoption. We have completed our home study and all of our training, and now we are in the waiting phase. We hope to be matched with a birth family in the next few months.
As we've journeyed down the adoption path, I have learned a tremendous amount of information about adoption. I have met some truly wonderful and amazing people who were willing to share their adoption experiences so that Chris and I could start our family. I want to pay it forward someday, and maybe this blog will help get me started.
I've also discovered that most people know very little about adoption. Some of the people I've spoken with - people that I know would never intentionally hurt me - have said some really offensive things. I hope that this blog will help dispel some of the many myths about adoption (especially open adoption).
I have a litany of topics I'd like to discuss - international vs. domestic adoption, open vs. closed vs. semi-open adoption, choosing an agency, disruption myths, birth mothers, home studies, expenses - the list goes on and on. There are a few aspects that Chris and I have chosen to keep to ourselves - potential matches, for example - at the present time, but I will try to be as honest as I can. I also plan to talk about infertility, but to a lesser extent; I'd rather focus on a joyful future than a painful past. However, it is part of what brought us to this point, and I want to be a source of support for any other couples who may be experiencing infertility. Also, the science is REALLY cool.
While the waiting phase is kind of frustrating, it's also kind of peaceful, and it's the best time to write this blog. I certainly won't have time once a baby is placed with us! Thanks for reading. I look forward to sharing our story with you.