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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

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bulgaria Option

It's been recommended to me by some chat groups and social workers to check out the Bulgaria program since its just reopened and would have lots of children in the age range we're looking for available. I've contacted Holt, Carolina Adoption Services, and Americans for International Aid and Adoption. Holt gave me lots of info but ultimately said we would not qualify. I was very unhappy with this news. CAS said we would still be eligible if we have a letter indicating our ability to parent. I never heard anything from AIAA. So...because its "iffy" we may go back to the original option of Thailand.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Chicken Before the Egg?

So now my question is, do we choose an agency first or do we choose a country first and find an agency that had a good reputation in that country? I ask this because I'm starting to question the country choices we would have through Bethany because those countries place so few children through Bethany in Wisconsin each year that we may be waiting 3-4 years for a child. Several of the books and internet resources say to choose the country first since the child we adopt will want to know about their origin and we should therefore be interested heavily in that country. So now I'm going to start emailing agencies about Bulgaria and Thailand as I have become interested in those countries even though Bethany doesn't work in those places.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Bethany Meeting

We met with a social worker from Bethany Christian Service today after several email conversations over the last month. She was very nice and accommodating as we met in Green Bay rather than having to go to their offices in Fond Du Lac. She had a large list of waiting children with her and showed us a DVD of their international programs. We were both impressed and felt comfortable with her. This may be the agency for us. She helped us explore the countries that might work for us including The Philippines, South Korea, Lithuania, and Albania. I intend to research these country programs even more now.
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.