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Baby Steps: Options

Christine finds out that adoption presents a world of possibilities.

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Christine Bowley
Christine Bowley

Wow! I was not ready for this!

After my last blog, I hopped on the internet and searched for adoption centers nearby and I was blown away by what I found. We literally have so many options to choose from!

We can adopt internationally, nationally or even locally. And before we even make that decision, we have to decide if we want an open, semi-open or closed adoption. There are choices to make about who to hire and what requirements we have to meet. On top of all that, we have to decide how the heck we’re going to pay for it all!

After all this time feeling backed into a corner only to find out there are really so many different ways to go – it is so refreshing.

I spent about an hour online skimming through websites of adoption agencies, counselors and attorneys. I requested information from many of them, which means I now have a stack of additional documents to read. My husband and I actually planned to attend a face to face session earlier this week but we weren’t quite ready to dive in without completely understanding all the options.

We are both really excited at all the possibilities that lay ahead. And before we make any hard and fast decisions, we are meeting with fertility specialists for a consultation to understand where we stand. I’ll let you know the results of that meeting in next week’s blog.

Christine is a news producer at WRAL-TV, which includes research for 5 On Your Side and producing the 10 p.m. weekend newscasts on Fox50. She lives with her husband and three dogs. Christine is chronicling her experience as she and her husband struggle with infertility. Find her here on Fridays.


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