This is a random photograph of the most important document from the US Consulate. We are en route to Hong Kong! 👍🚐💨 So thankful for a smooth adoption process! We have no complaints about our agency and are so thankful they advocated for both Hong Yi and our family! We weren’t in the process of adopting when we saw Hong Yi for the first time last November. There have been up and down moments, as there are with any adoption! But our sweet boy is forever ours. When we land in Seattle on Friday he will officially be a US citizen, the last step in this long process.
Our agency is Cradle of Hope out of Silver Spring, Maryland. You can use an adoption agency in any state, but to adopt from China you must have a Hague Accredited agency in your state complete your home study.
The safer (if such thing exists) route to adoption is to begin the process, send your Dossier to China, log into their system and pull files of waiting children. Our process was completely backwards, but still works! Just had us losing sleep, praying a lot, and collecting a few more grey hairs and wrinkles along the way! Worth all of it! 👵🏻👴🏻
By sharing some of our journey my prayer is that others will have less fear about considering adoption. Fear was our biggest hurdle in the whole process. I hope that you can see, that while the process is long, and requires a lot of money, travel, and patience, the amount of work pales in comparison to adding Hong Yi to our family. He’s so easy to love. Adopting him is not sacrifice of any kind whatsoever, it feels like the sweetest gift! We’ve only just begun our journey together, and while we know, like raising any child, there will be ups, downs and challenges, but most of all we are thankful to have found each other. ❤️ ps: if you’re new here, we hosted Hong Yi in our home this summer through Cradle of Hope’s “Bridge of Hope” hosting program. Sadly, due to recent changes with Chinese adoption laws the hosting programs are no longer allowed, this is my understanding. If you’re interested in hosting, I would reach out to Cradle of Hope to confirm, or check out their website.