We conducted a phone interview with EAC. We have been very impressed with their rapid response and the amount of information they have provided. Should we decide to adopt from Russia, we would definitely use EAC.
I have also talked to a local agency, Lifeline, that has also come highly recommended should we decide to adopt from China. Tonight we are meeting with some friends who have adopted from China through Lifeline. I am excited to hear about their experience.
We are off to the beach next week. I hope to make a decision regarding an agency soon.
We have narrowed our country choices down to China and Russia. Each country has differenct requirements for adoptive parents. The two most important factors for us are age of child at adoption and length of stay required in-country. We feel comfortable with either choice. We are leaning towards China for several reasons. First, we like the idea of a local agency. This will allowing easier networking with other families pre and post adoption. Second, we would be adopting a "waiting child". This is a term used for a child who has some sort of special need. Because we already have two children, it is important to us to make sure that our family is able to meet the needs of our future child. Third, China only requires one visit. It is difficult for Michael to be away from work for any length of time and and we don't want to be away from the boys too long.
Hopefully by tomorrow we will have the information that we need to submit an application to one of the agencies. . . .!
Peace for 2016...
1 year ago