The Adoption Journey Begins

“Adoption is not for the faint of heart”  ~ Mariska Hargitay 

It has only been 5 weeks since we decided to start the process of adoption and 3 weeks since we decided that we would adopt from Peru, my country of birth.  We called many, many oh so many agencies and found out that only 3 agencies in the entire country work with Peru.  How is that possible?  Well apparently Peru is still very new in joining the Hague Convention.

Here is some information on what a Hague convention country is:  http://adoption.state.gov/hague_convention/overview.php

We settled on the agency Villa Hope in Birmingham AL.  We then find out that we need an agency in the state we currently live in to do the home study.  We found a great social worker that has worked with military families at West Point doing home studies so we gave her a call.  She works with Baker Victory Services in NY so we will be using them for that part.

Christmas day we get all the initial packets and begin to fill out paperwork.  There is soooooo much paperwork.  They want to know everything about your life, from your incomes to your parents age and illnesses.  I guess they want them perky and healthy in case….no not in case …when they babysit:).  Not true, I really don’t know why they want that info but we want a baby so I will tell them national security secrets if they ask.  Yeah…..no one would ever tell me national security secrets.  All it would take is 3 glasses of wine and a night with the besties:)!

Well here we are January 6 and we have notarized and filled out everything we needed to, that is including our addresses for the past 28 years.  Yup, you read right, 28 years.  For a military family, depending on your time in service,  that could well mean 4-14 homes not to mention different countries.  We both have appointments to get our medical paperwork filled out and off the packets go.  Let it begin!!!

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