We’re almost 100% sure that we wish to undergo an intercountry adoption. Now, what country exactly? We have no clue.
It seems like every time we make a decision, I second guess myself. It’s very frustrating. So, to combat this indecisiveness (which I’m sure is just me being scared to make the wrong decision) I’m really, really getting down to business with educating myself.
If you’re like me, and are having trouble narrowing down the vast options available to you, you should check out The US Department of Health & Human Services’ website. It is filled with fantastic information and tons of links to help point you in the right direction.
In fact, here is just one of the many things I found helpful while searching the site this evening:
I just love a good flow chart, don’t you?
This Map of Adoption Options lays out your choices (Domestic Adoption? Intercountry Adoption?) in the simplest of forms. And the best part is that on the site you can click on your choice to get more information about it!
What has it taught me? Well, it has taught me that if we’re going to do an intercountry adoption, we need to next determine whether we’ll be choosing a Hague Convention Country or Non-Hague Convention Country before we can start on our home study, because there are different processes for each. I knew we’d have to make this distinction eventually, but didn’t realize that it was one that needed to be made before we even begin the home-study process.
So, it’s back to the drawing board for us at the moment! I’ve got lots of reading to do to insure we find a process and placement that’s best for our family.
To anyone else undergoing adoption overload at the moment, just hang in there! Oh, and pass along any of your tips to me while you’re at it! :)