Just a quick note today to announce that we have decided to proceed with an Ethiopian adoption! We’re following our guts in choosing an international route, and we’re looking forward to what will surely be an incredible adventure.
We’ll be doing a lot of learning about transracial adoptions and how to best preserve our child’s heritage and culture. This is obviously something we’ve considered a great deal ever since we started thinking about any international adoption, but now that it’s actually maybe going to happen (knock on wood), it’s much more real.
I will also be working on developing a thicker skin when it comes to the questions, stares, comments, unsolicited opinions, etc. that I imagine any transracial family may have to deal with. I’m so glad to have my blogging friends to learn from in this regard (in addition to many, many other reasons).
The first step is an intake appointment with the agency’s director of international programs and the social worker who will be assigned to work with us. We hope to have that appointment next week. After that meeting we hope to have an outline of next steps – workshops/education sessions, home visits, paperwork, fingerprints, bureaucracy, physicals, fees, etc.