Here’s a glimpse into our adoption timeline and resources we used. Hopefully this is encouraging to anyone looking into adoption or wanting to know more about what our journey has looked like so far.
May 2014 Jon first brought up the idea of starting to pursue adoption. Before we were married we knew that having a child biologically would most likely not be an option for us, so we had previously discussed adoption as the way we would build our family.
I began researching agencies and different types of adoption: foster care, private domestic adoption, using an adoption attorney instead of an agency, or international adoption. Building Your Family was very helpful to me, especially a few of the worksheets at this link. http://buildingyourfamily.com/resources/how-to-start-the-adoption-process/. The two most helpful worksheets were “What Kind of Adoption is Right for You?” and “How to Choose an Adoption Agency.”
During this time, I requested information from Bethany Christian Services’ website.
July 2014 Jon and I went to a domestic infant adoption orientation at Bethany Christian Services to see if we connected with the agency and their adoption process. After the meeting, we took a few months to think and pray and research our options. The Creating a Family site was very helpful to us during this time.
https://creatingafamily.org/adoption/. If you go to the iTunes store and search Creating a Family, there’s a great podcast that I highly recommend to anyone considering adoption.
September 2014 We decided to take steps forward to begin the adoption process through Bethany Christian Services. We paid the necessary fee and the paperwork packet was mailed to us. The packet was daunting at first because it was so heavy, but we slowly but surely worked through it all.
October 2014 Jon and I got our fingerprints for Livescan done and finished the paperwork for the DMV check. We also took an infant CPR class and got certified. These are a few of the requirements needed in order to start the home study process.
December 2014-April 2015 During this time, we did interviews with our agency for the home study, an inspection of our home was done, and we purchased our first baby item: a Pack ‘n Play.
April 17, 2015 Our home study was done and we were officially approved and put on the waiting list for adoption!
Here are a few of my favorite books on adoption that I recommend:
“The Connected Child” by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
“You Can Adopt: An Adoptive Families Guide” by Susan Caughman and Isolde Motley
“Adopt without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption” by Julie Gumm