I’m Brittany — an adoption attorney and mother of two who loves adoption. I did volunteer work on a humanitarian trip in Mozambique the summer after my freshman year of college and it opened my eyes to the plight of children in need — children with families who couldn’t care for them (but desperately wanted to) and children with no one left to watch over them. My time at the children’s orphanage has changed the way I see the world every day since and I vowed then to do something about it.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers, or really any answers, to complex issues of poverty, development, child abuse, domestic violence, disease, substance abuse, or any of the big rainclouds that bring darkness and trouble to the world’s children — but I know that supporting adoption and foster care can make a difference for THAT child, which makes all the difference.
Why this site?
As I have helped couples build their families through adoption and had the opportunity to discuss adoption with many people who don’t have any personal experience with it, the number #1 questions always seems to be: “Ok….but how much does adoption cost?”
It’s a sensitive subject — we don’t like to think we are “buying” babies or that birth parents are “selling them”, (and in fact there are regulations in place to ensure that, :-)). But, then how do you get into the nitty gritty of finances and money without offending friends who have adopted? How can you shop around for service providers and DIY to try and lower your upfront costs? What is an adoptive agency doing with your money? How can you grow your family without taking out a massive loan?
That’s why we’re here.
Where you come in
This site will become infinitely more useful as you give feedback to the adoption community here and what is working and what isn’t — about which agency or professional is worth the money and who isn’t — and probably most importantly — that the journey is LONG and CHALLENGING, but so worth it.
Best wishes on your journey to find your child.