My children often ask me why we can't just go and get Bella right now if she is sitting in an orphanage waiting for a family? That's such a good question!
In the adoption world, besides the mountains of paperwork one must scale, money is the probably the hugest obstacle that limits families in the adoption process. For our adoption in a Eastern European country, the total amount will be approximately $24,000!
Why not adopt here in the US? Well, we would in a heartbeat--if a child with Down Syndrome were available. However, did you know that if parents find out prenatally that their baby has Down Syndrome, that the termination rate is over 90%?!!!!!
In addition,there are over 200 families waiting to adopt a child with Down Syndrome here in the US if one were available.
So, we continue on our journey to adopt a little 4 year old girl with Down Syndrome from a Eastern European country--in spite of the piles of paperwork & money!