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Hi ladies. I'm new here, but not on JM. My husband and I are starting to consider adoption now. In the past we weren't willing to consider it, but now..... after 38 months ....going on 39 months of TTC we are starting to realize that this might not happen for us naturally so we are exploring our options.
I'm sure I'll have tons of questions for you all and need a lot of guidance along the way. We are most likely going to be looking at domestic adoption, but are still open to other options.
If anyone has any advice or can think of anything you wish someone would have told you at the beginning of your journey, I would love to hear it.
Welcome! I'm so glad you have found us here. I hope your journey is smooth.
I'm Beth. I have one bio daughter and one angel son. I also have a foster son right now who has been with us about 10 months. We decided to do foster care and foster to adopt in January 2008. I had read and researched a lot of adoption options and we decided we would like to be gifted with a child who was already born and searching for a forever home while we also helped other families and children on their journey. So foster care has been best for us. A BIG factor was also the cost. Foster care adoptions are almost free (usually reimbursed after the fact, but close anyway). Because we didn't want anymore debt and didn't have the money to do domestic private or international it was great for us too.
I'd recommend reading a lot. Talk to many people (on here as well as IRL) about their adoption experiences. Find your path... whatever that may be!
Hi Stephanie-I am so excited for you guys! I'd been thinking about adoption for the past four years, since TTC#1. I wanted int'l adoption, but the costs were incredible; the gov't system (free) here takes forever, and the private adoption companies were taking a long time here for 2nd children. What we found, or the people who found us in fact, happened by chance and a willingness to accept a healthy newborn sibling for Nolan, no matter how he/she came to us. Literally within four weeks of my decision, we found out about our twin boys. We're doing a private, direct adoption-essentially the parents found us, and a lawyer put the casefile together, which is being presented to the court judge this week. I hope your story ends up similar to ours, holding a healthy baby in the end