It is with great happiness that I would like to share some exciting news with my adoptive friends....We have chosen South Korea to adopt our child from:) After careful consideration the South Korean program shows much promise and renews our faith in parenthood. The process is very different than Poland, it is actually a much easier process. We are in the homestudy phase (again) and have aquired our documents (again) with lightning speed. Having to do this a second time, I feel like an old pro!
Korea is not a Hague country so We are going to need to file an I 600a. Thank goodness we only had a few documents to notarize and NOTHING Apposilled....what a relief. The proces is very different as I said.....Referrals come in between 3-6 months and the children are around 7 months at the time of referral. However, due to red tape, the child stays with a foster family for approximately a year before they can come home. During that time, we can send care packages and recieve monthly pictures and updates....I know I know...it WILL NOT be easy, but after the nightmare we encountered with the Poland program....two years in the dark, we feel this is doable:) So our baby would come home at the age of 20-24 months:):)
Our agency has a wonderful reputation and our contact person is a breath of fresh air. She is Korean and has been so wonderfully supportive.
So Kara and I are in the same place, changing from Poland to Asia, (although they are adopting from China) and from her last post about race and culture, I have the same concerns for my Korean little one growing up. He or she will not look like us and my biggest concern is them feel left out or isolated. I plan On embracing his/her Korean culture without forcing it upon them. I will leave that up to them as they grow up and make their own decisions....