when you first decide you want to adopt there is a lot of research that has to take place. you first need to decide what type of child will work best for your family. will and i feel like we are meant to be parents, we have no desire to narrow things down past this point. however, we both think that for our first child we really hope to be blessed with an infant. some parents long for a boy or a girl, or a child that will look like them, but we just want a baby to love. we think we have something to offer a baby no matter what gender, nationality, or any other criteria. since we do not have any other children, we really do not have to take anyone else's feedback into our decision. we know a baby will be an adjustment for the dogs, since they are our babies now, but we know with time they will love the baby as they love each other.
we hope to take this year to do a lot of investigation. we want to talk to other parents who have had successful adoptions, so we know what path we should invest our energies into. there are thousands of agencies on the child welfare government run site, and we just do not know where to start. we hope someone's success story can point us in the right direction. we also hope to learn from others what they wish they had known when they got started. we know we have a lot to learn in this department, and we can't wait to have some schooling.
we also hope to read a ton of books, blogs, and anything else we can get our hands on, so that when we decide which agency we are going with, we feel confident that we have all of the knowledge we need to raise a healthy and happy adopted baby.