Prior to adopting Nika, I always had a place in my heart for adoption. Being someone who suffered years of infertility, I used to search photo listings of children available for adoption ... thinking that might someday be our reality.
In the end, we were able to successfully have our beautiful biological children via IVF (in vetro fertilization). After our second child was diagnosed with Down syndrome, we weren't sure which direction to proceed in adding to our family.
IVF is expensive. Adoption is expensive. We figured that either way, we had to pay for our next child. So why not adopt a child who needs a family?
It sounded like the perfect solution to us!
So we did. And our adoption has been one of the most amazing experiences of our lives.
When speaking of adoption, I am sometimes conflicted. Many times people don't see the challenges that can come with adoption ... whether it be attachment difficulties, behavioral problems, whatever. Fortunately, we have been very lucky to not have hardly any issues with Nika ... so our story sort of looks like a fairytale story. But it doesn't always happen that way and I just want people to be prepared for that when they decide to adopt a child.
That said, I am here to advocate for all the orphans out there that need a family! Because the benefits always outweigh any challenges that may arise. I am asking you to look deep inside yourself and see what you have to offer an orphan.
These families are already on their way ... how much can we support them?
The Garcia Family ... adopting Kellsey from Eastern Europe ---> They are in country now!
The Stumbo Family ... adopting Nina from Eastern Europe ---> They have their travel date!
The Westbrook Family ... adopting Ruslana from Eastern Europe ---> They are waiting for their travel date!
The Beasley Family ... adopting Elisa, Vanessa and Arthur from Eastern Europe ---> They are waiting for their travel date!
The Nemes Family ... adopting Ana from Eastern Europe ---> They are waiting for their travel date!
The Mayden Family ... adopting Yana and Tavi from Bulgaria ---> They are working on their dossier!
The Rieben Family ... adopting three older children from Bulgaria ---> They are working on their dossier!
The Davis Family ... adopting Sergey from Russia ---> They are working on their dossier!
The Lorenz Family ... adopting Liza from Eastern Europe ---> They are working on their homestudy.
The McDonald Family ... adopting Misha from Eastern Europe ---> They are working on their homestudy!
The Velander Family ... adopting Lera from Russia ---> They are working on their homestudy!
The Zoromski Family ... adopting Lily from Eastern Europe ---> They are working on their homestudy!