Sometime in the middle-distance future, Mr. Dorinda and I want to start a family. Since babies that share our genes are not an option for us, we're looking for recommendations for books, websites, organizations, and other resources that can help us to think about and prepare for the process of adopting a child, on both an abstract (i.e. what does this mean?) and a practical (i.e. what do we do?) level.
Some extra info:
- Most importantly, we are not ready to begin the actual adoption process yet...we are currently in the "We know we want to adopt, perhaps starting the process 4-6 years down the road" stage.
- We are 100% sure that adoption is the (only) way for us to have a child. We want a child.
- We currently live in the US, but may not live in the US in 5 years. I realize this will make giving specific info/resources a little tricky
- Resources that assume no knowledge of the adoption process are welcome, as are those that assume we have done a little bit of research already.
- Looking for things that address both/either theoretical and/or practical aspects of adopting, from both the parents' and the child's perspectives.
- I am specifically NOT looking for "Is adoption right for you?"-type advice.
I've read these previous AskMes
, which are great...but all seem to be geared towards those who are farther along the process than us, or a little more zoomed in on specific scenarios.
Basically, if you were teaching a class on Adoption 101, what would be on your syllabus? Especially interested in recommendations (both READ THIS! and DON'T READ THIS!) from those who've been through this before.