The cat's outta the bag! We broke the news of our international adoption plans on our 3 year wedding anniversary on June 8. Man, were we so encouraged by the outpour of love and support we received that day and continue to receive now! The night before we planned to post, I did not sleep well at all. I woke up several times that night, had some crazy nightmares and just felt overall anxious about how people would receive the news. Chris and I went to Starbucks that morning for a quick anniversary breakfast and to post our news together. (I was seriously such a scaredy cat and forced him to be the one to click the "Share" button).
So we first want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been supportive. It means more than y'all may realize! I'd be lying if I said adoption and becoming an instant mom doesn't scare me a little bit, and the feedback helped us to be even more excited, encouraged and motivated than before. I couldn't be more excited to be "paper pregnant." It blows my mind that we are going to be parents to a child born on the other side of the world. We've understandably had a ton of questions fly our way since the news...so I've got your answers right here!
Our primary motivation comes from the fact that adoption is a mirror of the Gospel. God adopted us humans into His family. Ephesians 1:5 says "He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will." Just as God has welcomed us into his family through Christ, we want to attempt to mirror that love and acceptance to a child who needs it. That is the foundation of our desire to adopt. Also, we have the resources, capability and support to bring a child out of an orphanage and into a home. PLUS We are at the stage in life where we are ready to become parents!
Simply put, we feel like we are meant to adopt internationally. We are using an awesome agency called Lifeline based in Birmingham, Alabama. Lifeline offers adoption services with 28 international countries. Each country has different requirements such as parent's ages, number of years married and number of children in the home. Additionally, each country's time of completion varies along with the number of visit's and length of in-country stay required. After going through all these factors, Chris and I seemed to best fit with Peru. Peru's need also stuck out to us. Because of poverty, neglect and high birth rates, there are many children in Peru who have been abandoned or live on the streets.
Boy or Girl?
We have no preference and will be thrilled with either!
Our child will be as young as a few months to as old as three years.
Yep, that's pretty wide age range.
How long does it take?
Everyone's process is unique and dependent on multiple factors, but the average time of completion for Peru is 2-3 years. We are trying to go with the flow and not get hung up on a time frame.
Paperwork. And then more paperwork. The amount of paperwork we've already filled out looks like we've butchered a small forest. After our home study, we have immigration and dossier paper work to fill out.
(Wait, what the heck is a dossier? ... **A dossier is a collection of documents that are necessary to meet the legal requirements for adoption from a foreign country as well as the immigration requirements of the US government**).
THEN will then submit our dossier to Peru for approval. After being approved, we will begin to see files of children on the Peru priority adoption waiting list. After being matched, we will fill out more immigration paperwork and then we will travel to Peru to pick up our child and court-finalize the adoption! (This seems SO FAR AWAY).
Will you still have biological kids?
We definitely still want to have biological children, but since adopting internationally can be a long process, we wanted to go ahead and get started.
How can we help?
More than anything, we would LOVE your prayers, support and encouragement along the way!
Still have questions?
Just ask! I'm all ears and not easily offended.