Wednesday, September 26, 2007

If You're Looking for Something to do....

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This is our agency's website. If you look on the right side of the page there is a blue box that says Family Profiles. If you click on that you will be able to view the Dear Birthparent letters of families waiting to adopt. If you've never read one of those letters or have never looked at an adoption agency's website you should go look at it. Bethany does more than just the kind of adoption that we are doing. They offer extensive counseling to the birthparents before and after the adoption. They have an infertility ministry called Stepping Stones. They do embryo adoptions. They do international adoptions. They will be there for the families that adopt through them for as long as they are needed. They are a Christian agency that you can tell care about everyone that they work with. They're not just there to collect their fee and forget about us.

We've been working on our Dear Birthparent letter the last few days. In those you try to cram as much information as possible hoping you will say something that will make the birthparents remember you and want to look at your profile. I've looked at some of the other letters and pictures of couples wanting to adopt and it's easy to try and compare ourselves to them. Sometimes we forget that this isn't a competition. We aren't trying to out do each other, we all have different qualities that would make us good parents. By the time you get to this point in the adoption journey, everyone will make good parents. You don't go through all this unless you really, really want a child. I encourage you to read some of the letters from the other couples to see how even though we are all different, we all wanting the same thing. Also, notice the respect and concern that is shown to the birthparents in these letters. That is high importance in all the letters and I really believe that the families aren't just saying it.

Our pictures and letter isn't there yet, but I will let you all know when it is.

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