"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
- Mark Twain
Adoptive families come in all shapes and sizes. Some families come to the decision to pursue adoption after struggles with infertility, but an increasing number of families are built with adoption as a starting point. We are one of those families.
We adopted our two China-born daughters, Jen (5) and Mamie (3), in 2001 and 2003, respectively. This wasn't always possible. In 1992, the government of the People's Republic of China passed a law allowing for the international adoption of children born in their country. That year, just 206 children were placed with families in the United States. By 2005, the most recent available figures, 7,906 children found their forever families here.
Whether a family chooses to offer a home to a child born domestically, born in Asia, South America, Russia, Africa or any other corner of the world, the most important thing is that families are being built; children are finding homes.
We watch our daughters grow and learn and play, just as families do with children born to them. Yes, adoption was complicated--we had to select an agency, gather many documents, process paperwork, and face a level of scrutiny (of our home, our relationship, our finances) that people never face when they have a biological child, but it was all worth it! Our children are a constant source of joy for us and we would do it all again in a heartbeat!