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Adoption is a process a family begins after countless hours of contemplation, soul-searching, research and input from friends. Many couples pursuing adoption have gone through years of infertility testing and have exhausted their finances and their emotional strength. One look at an adoption agencys website and the overjoyed parents who have just arrived home with their little bundle of joy is all a couple needs to rejuvenate their devotion to becoming parents.
At least thats how it happened for me. My husband and I had been trying to conceive a second child for several years before we began considering adoption, and opted for international adoption as we are a multicultural couple. One informational meeting at a local church on international adoption, and I was hooked. The two couples who had just returned home with their babies were elated and gleaming with joy. I wanted to be one of them, not the woman who had a monthly meltdown every time she failed to get pregnant.
Another couple may choose adoption when they already have children but have decided they have room in their hearts (and homes) for another child. Perhaps they have read a book about international adoption, or met a family who has adopted overseas. Whether they have been trying to conceive a child for many years without success, or have decided to adopt because the world is already too crowded, it all begins with paperwork.
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So now that we have decided to adopt from China, found a reputable international adoption agency, and completed our adoption application, the next step in the adoption process calls for dexterity and flexibility as the adoptive family starts to jump through the hoops of international adoption.
Once the adoption application has been approved, a social worker contracted by the adoption agency will conduct a home study, often viewed as a nerve-wracking, grueling interview process whereby you are judged on your ability to be good parents. In this writers experience, it has been just the opposite: a celebration of a very positive change about to take place in your life. Caseworkers view these home studies not as a time to perform a white glove inspection on your home, but as a time to share this exciting time with your family.
The home study will consist of the caseworker reviewing your application with you and gathering forms, referral letters, physical exams, bank information, employment information, birth certificates, marriage license and various affidavits the adoption agency sent you to give to your caseworker. During this time you will also discuss any special needs you would consider, and your caseworker will seek to obtain affirmation that you do indeed feel comfortable adopting a special needs child...
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How to Adopt a Child from China
+ Chapter 1: How to Start the Process
+ Chapter 2: Why China?
+ Chapter 3: The Waiting Game
+ Chapter 4: The Process Continues
+ ...and much more