3/06/2013

Announcing Our Adoption With Cupcakes

Adoption Announcement
Hi friends!

I'm excited to start blogging about our family, and even more thrilled that you're following my hubby
Chris and me on this adoption journey!

OK, let's be real here. We're excited, nervous, scared...just about every emotion you can think of. But that's normal, right?!

We officially announced our plans to adopt just a few weeks ago.
Scratch Cupcakes
We had a little help from one of our favorite places, Scratch Cupcakery.

I made these c-u-t-e pennants when we delivered the cupcakes to share our news!
Scratch Cupcakes
Seriously, what says "happy news" more than one of these sweet treats?!

We're fortunate to live close to our parents in Waverly, and they were thrilled. This will be the first grandchild on both sides of our families.

Since posting the above photo on my Facebook page, Chris and I have been overwhelmed with support, encouragement, prayers and lots. of. questions.

So, here's an attempt to answer some of them:

Why are you adopting? 

After many trials and tests, and a lot of prayers, we've decided to grow our family through adoption.

The image of what our family has shifted over the years as we've grieved the loss of having biological children. Chris likes to joke that our genetics our too good to be passed on, but in all seriousness we truly believe our genetics will not -- and do not -- define our family."

And we couldn't be happier to start this journey.

Where are you adopting from?

We are adopting from the U.S.

Do you have a preference on the child you adopt?

Not particularly.

We did specify that we would like a child who is 12-months or younger. But with all other details, we're flexible.

The end result is a baby to love and nurture and teach, and that's what matters to us.

Do you want an open or closed adoption?

We would feel comfortable with an open adoption.

Research shows there are a lot of benefits for children growing up in open adoptions; they don't have to wonder why they were placed for adoption or who their birth families are. But ultimately, our priority is respecting the wishes of the birth parents.

How long of a process is it?

The short answer: Hopefully 1-year.

The longer answer: We're not sure. As you may know, adoption takes time. Sometimes a long, long time. We're prepared to be in this for the long haul and know that a child will be worth the wait.

We've selected an adoption consultant to help make the process easier and potentially shorter. We think she's an expert, and we certainly value her insight and knowledge with birth families, adoption agencies and hopeful adoptive families like us.

Where are you at in the process?

We're drowning in paperwork!

We're currently in the home study process and meeting with a social worker who will weed through our paperwork and interviews and reference letters to eventually certify us as safe and ready to adopt.

How much will it cost?

You don't want to know...

We are expecting the adoption process to cost $30,000 - $50,000.

This is the average cost of a domestic infant adoption.

We will be spending a lot of time applying for grants and financial assistance, and we have great family and friends who are already organizing fundraisers to help us afford the process.

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