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August 23rd, 2008, 06:24 PM
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Well, here I am. We suffered our 7th loss 2 weeks ago, and we decided that we were done ttc. We just CANNOT take anymore losses and hurt. So since we still want a large family, we started talking about, researching, and ultimately choosing adoption. We are going the international route. We hope to adopt a little boy from Russia, then in a year or 2 adopt a little boy and a little girl from Kazakhstan. We have been talking to different agencies and have it narrowed to 3 that we really like. Once we settle on one, we will start the whole process. We are happy, scared, excited, nervous, anxious, and READY all at once. Can anyone with any international adoption experience tell me what to expect? I have heard Russian adoptions are quite complicated. Thanks so much, and I cant wait to get to know you all!!!
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August 24th, 2008, 05:42 AM
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I'm very sorry for your losses I do not have any experience with international adoption but others on here have so I'm sure they can help you! Congrats on your decision and I hope you have a wonderful journey!
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August 24th, 2008, 09:30 AM
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Hi and welcome to the group! I am so sorry for your losses, I can't even imagine what you've been through. I wish you the best with your adoption journey, I have also heard that the process for Russian adoption is quite complicated, but I'm sure your agency can walk you through the steps. We adopted from China twice, and it was a long tedious process (though not as long then as it is now ), but obviously my girls were worth the wait and the mountains of paperwork.

Please keep us posted on your journey!!
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August 24th, 2008, 10:39 AM
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I'm doing domestic adoption, so not much help. But I'm excited that you guys are starting this journey! All the paperwork and endless red tape are always worth it in the end! Good luck!!
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August 24th, 2008, 11:38 AM
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I've heard it said that by the time you get to bring your child home and everything is done it's like having gone through pregnancy, labor, delivery, and post pregnancy . It's that hard and time consuming and stressful and anxious. So never let it be said that as adoptive mothers there's any less work than those who gave birth...lol I am considering Holt, Adoption Ark, Christian World Adoption, and Children's Hope International as agencies. Anyone have any experience with these? We initially wanted to adopt from China, but they have a law now that your BMI cannot be over 40. If it is, they will not allow the adoption because you are considered obese and they consider that a major medical condition. So since my BMI is 52 and dh's is 49, we knew China was out. Russia is more lenient in that area, but their paperwork and everything you need is far more complicated. *sigh*

Can anyone tell me what the home study is all about? I've heard people say it scared them and freaked them out. Why?? What's so bad about it?

Also, when you do the FBI criminal check, what do they care about?? I was found guilty of writing 3 bad checks in 2000. No jail time. Just probation and pay it back. It was a misdomenor because they were to a grocery store ( very bad month, I admitted I knew there was no money in the bank when I wrote them but I had lost my job and dh was on workman's comp from getting hurt, and we had to feed ds. So the judge was very nice about it all since I told the truth and just let me have probation until it was paid off. Once it was, the probation ended.) Will this matter and count against me?? I hope not.

Thanks for the warm welcome and replies. I'm so happy and excited.
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DS born 4/24/98 - 41 weeks - age 11yrs
DD born 9/6/06 - 39 weeks - age 2 1/2 yrs

8 total losses: 7 first trimester & 1 second trimester

TTC #3!!! Wish us luck!!


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