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Hello all family and friends!

With great excitement, we started our adoption journey in August 2008. We are now first time parents through adoption of an 8-year-old son from Thailand. We have chosen to build our family through the adoption of a son from Thailand because this is where we feel God is leading us right now.

It took 1 year and 9 months to bring Ray home and it was totally worth it!

We appreciate all of your love and support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Ann & Bryan

Monday, June 30, 2008

Thailand Option

I received info from WACAP via email today about their Thailand waiting child program and it sounds interesting. Wouldn't that be interesting if I, after having played Anna in The King and I, would adopt a child from Bangkok?!? I'll have to check this option out more thoroughly.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Information Meeting & Books

We went to Community Adoption Center in Green Bay for a two-hour info session. It was interesting to hear the stories of the other two couples there. But the social worker running the meeting started by saying they deal mostly with infertile couples looking to adopt infants. This concerned us since we have chosen adoption not because of fertility PLUS would like to adopt a toddler age 3-6. So I have to wonder if they would be experienced enough to help us. Plus, most of the information presented I already knew because of the books I've been reading.

I've been reading: The Complete Book of Adoption by Godwin, The Complete Book of International Adoption by Davenport, and The Russian Adoption Handbook by Maclean. Lots of good info...but a little overwhelming, I have to admit.
Why are we adopting internationally and not domestically?
While we think adopting domestically is extremely important, our hearts are drawn to the waiting children in other countries. Some of our closest friends and relatives have adopted, are adopted themselves, or are planning to adopt internationally. This has been a wonderful experience for them, as I am confident our adoption will be for us.

Why are we adopting from Thailand?
The number one reason is simply...that's where our son is living right now. Also, the Thai people are extremely laid back and friendly and the adoption process is very straight forward in Thailand and has been around for decades so there should be no surprises or corruption. After researching our other options, the requirements to adopt from Thailand fit our requirements. If we decide to adopt again, we will reevaluate the different countries and domestic programs.