Sunday, July 30, 2006

Strength in Numbers

One of the reasons we chose to adopt from China was the sheer number of parents who have BTDT - almost 8,000 Chinese children were adopted into the U.S. last year. There are other adoptive families with children from China in our area, and we are hopeful our program choice will allow our daughter the opportunity to make friends, just like her.

I recently joined our agency's August/September DTC yahoo group (pray USCIS cooperates!). Joining the group was a big emotional step for me - it seems as though "meeting" folks we may travel with to pick up our real live child raises the stakes, somehow. It feels wonderful, though, to share experiences with folks who are actually walking in the very same shoes we are. I look forward to getting to more involved with the group over the months to come.

Another welcome addition to our lives has been our local FCC group, which has provided us with a wealth of information, unfailing support and ultimately, friendship. Last weekend, a group of Waiting Families got together after our monthly FCC meeting and talked and laughed and simply enjoyed each other's company, feeling comfortable both in our childlessness and our quest to become adoptive parents. (Thanks, Donna for taking this wonderful picture of all of us!)

When deciding to adopt, we knew that after a long wait, we'd be gaining a child. We've since discovered that it's more than that...that same long wait has led us to something else unexpected and very special - friends, just like us.


Blogger Sarah said...

Great photo.

Glad you have support with others going through the same thing while waiting for their child.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Lucy's Journey Home said...

Welcome to our group. This adoption journey may not be easy at times for us paper parents, but keep your eyes on the goal.
I added you to our link list. I really like your blog.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

So very, very true. At the end of the adoption process we are blessed with beautiful children and wonderful new friends. What a bonus!

Looks like you've found some great new friends.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Since we are putting our China adoption on hold for six months (to adopt a boy from Vietnam in the meantime), maybe we'll have a similar DTC. Our old DTC date was Feb. 28, so 6 months later is August! I finally started an adoption blog: Check it out!

7:56 PM  

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