Worth the wait.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The more I delve into the adoption process, the more I realize I don't know.

Did you know that you have to be 30 years old to adopt from China?
Did you know that you have to be married for 10 years to adopt from Haiti?
Did you know that not all adoption agencies work with all countries... you have to base your choice of an agency on your choice of country?
Did you know there are an estimated 160 million orphans in the world?

I vaguely knew these things, but the more I read the more I realize... I have so much to learn.

Through research and prayer over the last couple weeks, we've decided to pursue an adoption from Vietnam. The only problem is... adoptions are currently closed in Vietnam. However, we feel so strongly about it (for several reasons that I'll share another time) that we are willing to wait. We've been encouraged by several sources that believe it will open back up for adoption this summer (it's been closed for about 3 years). Then we'd be able to at least begin the process over the summer.

Until then, we wait. I try to wait patiently, though I'd love to go ahead and at least begin the paperwork. But because it's still a closed country, agencies are not ethically able to accept even a formal application.

So if you think to pray, please pray that Vietnam gets all its ducks in a row legally speaking and is able to be approved once again for intercountry adoptions. Pray for patience for us and the many, many other families who are waiting. And pray for the thousands of baby boys and girls who wait even more patiently for their forever families.


  1. Whitney, Remember me and our talk email about adoption? I AM SOOO EXCITED FOR YOU! I will definately be praying and can't wait to see what the Lord does!

    1. Of course I remember! Thanks so, so much Kelli - I'm sure I'll be emailing you with questions sometime. :)

  2. I would LOVE it! I am not as up on international adoption(as I am with private or foster care) except through what my friends have experienced but I will try! We have been trying to move to Franklin for over a year now. My husband has been looking for a job there with no success, still praying that we can get there soon! God bless!

    1. Oh that's awesome!!! If you're here, let me know! And I know you have friends in the area, but if you have any other questions or if there's anything I can do, I'd love to help! That's so exciting. :)

  3. Hi Whitney, I'm a friend of Kirra's. I just wanted you to know that we'll be praying for this process. I know that this is an exciting and yet challenging time. My husband and I plan on starting the process in a couple years. We were part of an adoption ministry at our last church before we moved. We learned a lot and felt the calling stronger than ever before. Praying Vietnam opens up!

  4. Thanks so much, Jessica! That's exciting for you guys, too!!

  5. How exciting! We plan to adopt (probably through DCFS) in the next several years. My youngest brother was adopted through Ecuador where I grew up, and I understand and appreciate all the regulations on adoption--but it is still so hard to wait! Though understandable, age limits and the like seem arbitrary in the face of the millions of children needing homes.

  6. You guys are certainly in our prayers right now! I am so glad that you decided on the country of Vietnam, and pray that adoption opens back up soon. So many children there need loving families like y'all!
    Please let us know if you need any questions answered. We would be happy to try and help!

    Many Blessings,

  7. Will definitely be praying all of those things! Lord, please deliver these children to loving families soon!

  8. orrrrr... you could move to vietnam and adopt while there!

  9. Ha! I wish!! If only they had a nursing job... :)

  10. Hi Whitney,
    My name is Lindsey, and I'm a relatively new reader. I love your blog, and I have been so blessed by it! I love that you're looking in to adoption. When I was 16, my parents adopted my sister from China, and it was a life changing experience. God's plans are amazing. The day my sister came home, was the day I knew adoption would be our "plan A" as well. I am so thankful that I have a husband who also feels called toward this.

    Until very recently, I had felt so discouraged by the international adoption process. The requirements, the expense, the wait... Through a series of undeniable "God moments", we have recently started the process to becoming certified foster care parents. We hope to one day adopt domestically through the foster system.

    You have my earnest prayers as you continue this process. I know the challenges! My family went through them with my sister, and while different, we are going through them now too! Your patience and persistence are not in vain! A miracle awaits. This passage was recently pointed out to me, and I have found it so encouraging. >> Isaiah 58:7-12

    Can't wait to hear more about your journey!

  11. Vietnam is opened for adoption as of September 16, 2014.


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