Fall 2014 - Fall 2015: It was looking like our ET adoption might never happen, so we began thinking of other options. Where there is a need? We had just arrived home with our son from China in July 2014, and I was due to have a baby in November 2014 (although she surprised us by coming early in Oct), so life was busy, but we still feel called to adopt. Over the next year I researched nearly EVERY country that's open for adoption. Some we didn't qualify for, others had long residency requirements. I also looked into adopting domestically, including through our state's foster to adopt programs, but I was told on two separate occasions by two separate social workers that we have too many kids to qualify (5 kids under 18 is the limit in our state.) I looked into private adoption, but I worried that no expectant mother would ever pick us because we already have 5 kids...
Summer 2015 - Contact Christian Adoption Consultants (CAC) to learn more about domestic adoption. They were so patient and encouraging!
October 2015 - Officially sign on with CAC. Begin the "paperwork stage"...again! How many home studies will we complete in our lives?!?!? ;)
January 2016 - Paperwork is complete! Begin applying to placing agencies and seeing "situations."
March 2016 - Matched!! We spend 4 days in the hospital loving on mom & baby. And then, 2 hours before signing, mom changes her mind and decides to parent. It was a lot more painful than we expected, but we continue to pray for mom & baby.
April 2016 - Matched again!! This time the adoption is successful, and we are so blessed and happy to welcome baby #6!!! We give thanks every day for his amazing, courageous birth mom! The process was much quicker than we imagined: 6 months from signing with CAC and 3 months from completing our paperwork!