I haven't mentioned our adoption in a while because there just hasn't been anything news worthy to say about it. China has chosen to adopt out fewer of its children internationally and that has had a major impact on many things, the least of which is our wait. The greatest and most tragic impact is on the children who will never have a family of their own.
When we made the decision to adopt in 2005 the waiting period was only six months. As you can see in the chart below that was around the peak time for international adoption and in particular for adoption from China. We submitted our paperwork as soon as we were eligible and were logged into the China adoption system on July 22, 2006. At that time the wait was creeping up, but it still looked like our daughter would be home within a year. Now 3 1/2 years since our log in date and 5 years since we made the decision to adopt, we still have a minimum of a year to go and a likely maximum of two. The wait is not easy, but I am sure when we hold Natalie in our arms the pain of waiting will be forgotten - as women who give birth usually forget just how bad those labor pains were.
Many people don't understand how we can wait so long. My response is that part of my heart is in China and I have faith that this journey will lead us to our precious daughter.
from: Sue Golden
1 year ago