Hubby and I have made some decisions regarding our family planning. We're going to seriously pursue adoption, like hardcore. We contacted the Idaho Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization that does the homestudies for the State of Idaho and for many area adoption agencies. They turned out to be a really interesting organization, in typical Idaho style they don't just specialize in one area but they do everything from adoptions to actually taking in troubled youth to live at the Ranch. They use horses as therapy for the kids there, as well as many other programs. Interesting.
Anyway, the lady in charge of adoption there was quite helpful. Adoption has so many different choices it can seem really overwhelming. Do we do international adoption? Do we go with an agency? Which one? How do we handle the legal end of things? Can we afford all the fees?
Of the hundreds of options open to us, we have narrowed it down to a couple choices. We know we want an infant. That means we probably should not go with foster care since most of the kids in the foster care system are older than two or a sibling group. We want to stay domestic rather than international, but we're open to taking a minority race, as long as the child is healthy. We probably aren't willing to take in a special-needs child at this point. The Idaho Youth Ranch works in conjunction with a Catholic Agency that finds Idaho families to adopt minority newborns from Louisiana and Texas. The Idaho Youth Ranch does the home study and acts as the contact between the families and the agency. Because there are so many infants in that area who need families, the waiting period is much shorter, about 4 months on average.
This would put our timeline at late next spring to get our baby, likely an African-American. About the same as if I was pregnant. Having done the homestudy once before really helps in knowing what to expect. For fees, we need to pay $800 for the homestudy then set up a payment plan for the agency fees. An adoption tax credit can help offset these fees.
Walking downtown today I suddenly realized we're going to have to get a larger vehicle. Once your family grows to three kids, a standard car just isn't big enough to accommodate all the car seats. Curly thinks we ought to get a minivan, the sooner the better. All of her friends' families have them, why not? Hubby and I, on the other hand are toying with something a little more fun and frivolous.
Either way, we'll need to get a bigger vehicle by next spring. I hope our car gets a good trade-in!