Over the course of the years that I have been running this website I have been amazed by not just the reach that it has across the country, but the generosity and help I get from the visitors to the site. At times I have talked about problems I have been having with my computer, or snowmobile or some other aspect of my life and within minutes of posting it on the site I have received some excellent advice and help. It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful all the visitors to my site are and it is with that notion that I come to you with this item that both Nora and I would like to try and get some help on.
Nora and I would like to start a family together (get your head out of the gutter, we do not need that kind of help!), but are unable to produce children of our own. For over a year now, we have been on the list to adopt a child through Lutheran Social Services out of Marquette. They cover the entire UP as well as parts of northern WI with their services. Because this is an area with a pretty sparse population, the numbers of birth parents wanting to put their child up for adoption is small. It is important to say that adoptive parents in domestic adoptions are not filled in a first come, first serve basis. They are chosen by the birthparents.
So Nora and I thought we would tap into the broad reach of this website to see if we could get the word out that we are adoptive parents in waiting. I guess the first thing I need to say is that we will be going through the LSS office in Marquette to help facilitate any adoption. There have been some unfortunate instances when a person takes advantage of potential adoptive parents for financial gain and we want to protect ourselves from that. That is not to say that birthparents already signed up with another agency could not work with our agency to make the adoption happen.
Nora and I are willing to be part of either an open adoption or closed adoption. In a close adoption, once the child is born and given to the adoptive parents, no further contact between the birth parents and the child is made. In an open adoption, there are differing levels of contact between the child and the birth parents/grandparents. It is also our desire to adopt a child that is 12 months or younger. We are open to multiples and are also considering children of all races.
Nora and I have been researching adoption for over 4 years and because of varying issues, we are unable to partake in many foreign adoption programs, so we are right now concentrating primarily on a domestic adoption.
We were told by our adoption agency that it is a GOOD thing to get the word out to friends and relatives in an effort to try and build a network to find a child, so we hope that anyone that is reading this and knows of, or has heard about birth parents who are contemplating placing their child for adoption will contact us and we can give a child a wonderful life and home.
John and Nora Dee