Welcome to all! Nancy and I are starting this blog to let our friends and family join us in our journey to bring our precious daughter, Elyssa Li Forn, to her new home. Many of you are already aware that we are in the process of adopting this little miracle from Kunming City, Yunnan, People's Republic of China.
Nancy and I began this journey last May when we finally decided to adopt a child. The amount of paperwork has been, at times, daunting. However, we subscribed to the mantra of "Divide and Concur" and have completed most of the pre-requisites for the adoption.
The first steps were to choose what agency to use for the adoption. We chose to go with an international adoption for a number of reasons. Most importantly, it is very difficult, and expensive, to adopt an infant in the states. Since we wanted a little girl, we were interested in the Far East. Brian has spent two years in Korea while serving in the Army, so we were very interested in children from the many Korean orphanages. Unfortunately, Korean laws precluded us from adopting while Brian was recently serving in Ueijeongbu, just north of Seoul. As a result, we decided to adopt from China. As most of the children adopted from China are girls, this seemed a perfect fit. The next step was choosing an adoption agency.
In our next blog, we'll tell the story of choosing an agency and the avalanche of paperwork (and bills) that came with the process. Until then, God bless you all!
Nancy and Brian