Monday, April 18, 2005

A New Adoption Strategy

When we move to New Mexico, if we haven't adopted yet, we're going to change our strategy. To date, we've focused on domestic non-Caucasian babies. There is a constant need for families to adopt these babies.

But we continue to get rejected over and over simply because we already have children. There is such a strong preference among birthmothers, and the adoption agencies that counsel them, for childless couples. Did none of these folks like their brothers and sisters?

In a recent situation, the birthmother and adoption agency decided to keep the baby in foster care rather than place the child with us. They're still waiting for a childless couple to materialize.

So once we get to New Mexico we're going to also look at international adoptions. We prefer to meet a need here in our own country, but that appears unlikely.


Heather said...

That is so frustrating! I am sorry that you all have gone through that. I have a friend who has adopted a little girl from China and they are going again this summer to get her a baby sister. She said if you are interested in talking to her I could give you her email. If you are interested, you can email me. We are still praying for you.

Tim said...

Thanks, Heather we may ask to contact her.

Another reason why we've not looked internationally is because of the travel requirements. From what I understand if you want to adopt from China, you have to spend two weeks there. Some other countries require multiple trips to finalize. We're not in a position to travel overseas as a family. So, we'll be looking for those that don't require it.

Kristin and I really appreciate your prayer and encouragement.