The Adoption Process

I want to share some more about the adoption process. My plan is to update the blog as we go along. Obviously, we’ve completed quite a few steps in the process, so I will be back-tracking a bit at first here. But I want to be transparent about adoption–why we decided to adopt, what the process looks like (or at least what it has looked like for us), and what to expect if you’re thinking about adoption. I am by no means an expert on adoption. I have done some, but not a ton, of research on the subject. But I do know our story, and we’d like to share it if it helps others who are thinking about or have ever thought about adoption.

My plan is to do a blog series on adoption with a new post every week or two. I know from this experience that adoption can seem scary and daunting. We always talked about adopting one day, we even thought we’d start the process not long after we got married, but when we got to the point that it became real, I was really nervous! The cost alone was enough to give me a heart attack, but add in the fact that there are all sorts of special considerations for parenting an adopted child, and I quickly became overwhelmed. We basically just had to take it one (tiny) step at a time and trust that God was in all the details and would work things out. It’s a tough process, but I know for certain that it will all be worth it in the end.

Next Monday, I’ll be back with a post about the home study process. If you have any questions about the adoption process, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll make sure to answer it if I’m able to :).


The Announcement: A Follow-Up

First of all…thank you, thank you thank you!! For the calls, the texts, the many Facebook comments. We have been so excited about this for months, and it was so sweet to see that so many of you are rejoicing along with us. We are overjoyed that we’ve been given this opportunity and can’t wait to bring this precious little girl home.

Today, I thought I’d answer some of the questions we’ve received during the process so far. Here goes….

How did you keep it a secret??

This one was pretty hard…for me. For Corey it was relatively cut-and-dry. He wanted to wait until our home study was complete to put the news out there. I definitely wanted to respect his feelings, so that gave me the drive to keep things under wraps. But man oh man, sometimes it was so difficult! Especially when people were asking me point-blank questions about adoption. I’m so sorry to the friends I misled and sort of lied to! We just wanted to make sure everything was a go before we shared a lot of information.

What is a home study?

This is a good one! I have to admit, I wasn’t really all that sure myself before we started this process. I’ll do an actual post on our home study process since my answer to this question could get kind of long. But generally, it is a bunch of documents and several meetings with a social worker. Not painless, but not terrible either. In the end, it just felt kind of long and drawn out.

How did you decide on Uganda?

This ended up being kind of easy. Through some circumstances that truly only God could have put into motion, it was very easy to narrow down where we wanted to adopt from.

Will you travel to Uganda? 

Yep! We expect to travel some time over the summer, but honestly, at this point a lot of it is out of our hands. We will need to send our paperwork to various government agencies for approval. Our travel date will depend in part on how long it takes these agencies to process our paperwork. Once that is all done we will get a court date in Uganda, at which time we’ll be able to travel. This is a huge oversimplification of what the rest of the process looks like. In short, we will most likely go to Uganda to get our little girl sometime this summer. Things could go a little faster or a little slower, but we hope to be back by the end of summer. Things could change…a lot actually…that’s just the nature of international adoption, so at this time this is just an estimate.

Are you going to blog throughout the rest of the adoption process?

I am going to try to blog what I can as it happens. However, due to the nature of international adoption, we most likely will not be able to share any specifics. I do want to write about some of the more general stuff, like how we decided to adopt and what the overall process of international adoption looks like.

Thank you again so much for your excitement. We were blown away by all the love you showed us :).


An Exciting Announcement

We’ve probably hinted around about this enough, vaguely for years, and then maybe a little more specifically in the last couple months. Privately, we’ve prayed…a lot…and discussed it with people closest to us. But today, we’re so very excited to announce that we’re….

We are actually about halfway through the process and anticipate traveling some time this summer to bring our little girl home. We are so so excited, but at times also really nervous and stressed out. I promise to share a little bit more about the process in another post. For now, we’re just so excited that this news is out and we can talk about it freely! It’s been a big secret to keep the last couple of months :).

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!