I know, it’s been a while. I don’t really want this blog to turn into a blog about everything in my life, though, and the baby-making process has been in a holding pattern, so I haven’t had a lot to say. Which isn’t to say that I haven’t been thinking about this stuff a lot, because I have. I just don’t really know what to say.
We are going to our information session with the Adoptive Families Association of BC next week, which is step 2 in the 16 step timeline that they’ve sent us. If this is the way we end up going, this is what it will look like:
- Contact Adoptive Families Association of BC (done!)
- Attend an information session (next week)
- Application to adopt submitted, file opened
- Intake appointment
- Register for Adoption Education Program
- Attend Adoption Education Program
- Training completed
- Homestudy commences
- Homestudy completed/matching begins
- Possible match is found
- Proposal package
- Pre-placement planning
- Pre-placement visits
- Residency period (6-12 months)
- Adoption finalized
Phew. It seems like such a long list of things to do, especially considering that step 3 involves filling out 7 different forms, including the incredibly heartbreaking Adoption Questionnaire, which is a giant list of all the special needs and risk factors that could be affecting the potential children we could be matched with. We’ll have to decide if we’re okay with adopting a child conceived as a result of incest, for example, or with spina bifida, or autism.
It’s so heavy. And hard. I mean… if we were conceiving this child ourselves, we’d just deal with whatever cards we were dealt — but to choose a child with a particular special need? Or, more significantly, not to choose a child because of a special need or risk factor? How does one reconcile this sort of thing in their heart? How do you not feel guilty saying yes to one child, and no to another?
And while we think about all of this, we also have to think about whether or not adoption is the right path for us–maybe surrogacy would be better?
If I had to decide right now, with no input from my husband, I would go with adoption. A few months ago, I would have said surrogacy. I am not sure when the change happened in me, but I am starting to believe that giving a home to a child that is already born would be better for us, and better for the child.
We’ll see where we are in a few months.