|All babies were swaddled and covered head to toe - my girl's were seeing their |
toes for the first time.
We originally chose to adopt from Kazakhstan. A country with impeccable history of upstanding state-run orphanages. We were shocked at the stories coming out of Russia and determined that Kazakhstan was the perfect situation. We were almost 8 months into the process and just weeks away from finally finishing the long process; all our paperwork documented, notarized, and apostilled. It was at this time that a new rule came down through the agency's that regulated no more than one child per couple could be adopted from Kazakhstan- unless they were siblings. Unfortunately, there was no guarantee that there would be a sibling group. We had three choices: Switch to Russia where sibling groups were more prevalent (we also considered adopting two, non-siblings) or start over with another country. With prayers in our frustrated minds and hearts, the answer came undeniably that we should adopt from Russia. Transferring our dossier to Russia meant that the paperwork would be minimal as Kazakhstan and Russia shared the American Embassy located in Moscow.