One Mom’s Journey to Complete Her Family
I’ve been writing about adoption for the past couple of weeks. I hope that my posts have taught you something new about adoption and have possibly inspired you to think a little more about how adoption could affect your life or the life of someone you love.
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My family’s adoption story is from the foster to adopt method through the state foster care system. This method was the best fit for us (read our adoption story here). With that being said, there are several different methods of adoption (read my post about the different types of adoption here), and each type is as unique as the family that grows from it.
For the next few weeks, I will be interviewing adoptive families to get their perspective on the type of adoption they chose.
The first story comes from my dear friend Amy. She is a wonderful Christian lady, a fellow singer on our church praise team, and an absolutely AMAZING mother to her daughter Journee, whom she adopted from Guatemala.
Decision to Adopt
Amy decided to adopt because she wanted to help a child. She had another friend who had adopted a child from Nepal, and after hearing their story, she felt moved to adopt from Nepal as well.
Unfortunately, after 2 years and 7 months of waiting, Nepal closed the doors to adoption. So, Amy switched her focus to Guatemala. She began her journey in 2003 and she brought home the “light of her life” on September 30, 2005. Journee was 5 months old when her mom held her for the first time!
According to Amy, her out of pocket costs for international adoption was around $30,000. That’s totally reasonable, considering the average cost of a private or international adoption can reach $40,000-$50,000.
Most Difficult Parts of Adoption
When asked about the most difficult parts of the adoption process, the paperwork and the waiting were the most difficult for Amy. She also shares that the difficulties she has with parenting are like those any other parent may face. Her daughter is 14 years old and getting through the teenage years have been the most difficult so far (I agree 110%).
Advice for Other Families
As far as advice for potential adoptive parents, Amy hits a grand slam with her advice:
“Never give up. Go into it knowing the places may change and the people, but no matter what comes just give it all to God. He is big enough to fight for all of us. He is in control.”
It doesn’t get any better than that…
If you’d like to learn more about international adoption, please click the links below:
Until next time,