Monday, November 20, 2006

Maybe Someday

Adopting from China has been something I've been thinking about for years. From the very beginning I just had this feeling that it's something I'm meant to do.

I meet the age requirements now, but not the minimum salary. Nor do I have the kind of financial resources that would be necessary. From what I see it can cost anywhere from $18,000 to $22,000. If my fiance and I get married, that could solve some of the problems, but it would probably introduce a host of others. Besides, he's not nearly as sold on the idea as I am.

In light of my recent potential health issues, it is something I've been thinking about even more. If I am unable to conceive, I absolutely will be adopting.

Now may not be the right time, but I will continue to dream about a little baby girl in China just waiting for me.


Sara said...

I don't understand why adoption is so damn expensive. How many people have that kind of money just lying around? It makes no sense. Do most people who adopt end up in debt for it? It's sad to think of all the kids who must be denied potential homes because of that hurdle.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

It didn't used to be that expensive to adopt in the US.

But I'm not up on what's going on now.

D and I were going to adopt some Vetnamese orphans from mixed parents, but that never worked out. We really wanted to, and also looked into other avenues of adoption. We felt we had lots of love (but not so much in the way of resources.) We considered adopting handicapped as well. But decided against it for the reason of the expense. It had nothing to do with not being able to conceive but with our wanting to offer a loving family to someone who needed it.

Erin said...

I know there is a tax credit, but I'm not sure how much. My place of employment offers an adoption benefit, but I know that is an either/or situation. Benefit or tax credit, not both.

Beth said...

It does seem criminal to charge so much to adopt a child. Many of us who would be good parents just don't have that much spare cash.