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Korean Adoption

An Adoption Story from Korea--Kaelin's Story: It Was Not My Plan

Shortly after our first son was born I was already thinking about another child. I began requesting adoption packets from every agency I could find in the phone book, reading them and stashing them under my bed. Thinking we could really never afford to adopt, we decided to try one more time. We got pregnant with our second son and he was born on May 12, 2000.

Chase carries the same balanced translocation I do and was born with a defect that meant having two separate surgeries on his bottom. This required more visits to the same children’s hospital we had been to 3 years before. The first surgery corrected the actual defect and the second was outpatient to repair a skin tag left after the first surgery.

Chase_3_YearsSeveral months after our second was born I was already wondering how we could have a third child. I didn’t know how we’d do it, but the one thing I did know was that that child would not be biological. I didn’t want to go through the anguish we went through during those three, previous, pregnancies and Brian agreed. Having gone through multiple amniocentesis’ and a Percutanious Umbilical Blood Sampling or PUBS test I just couldn’t do it again. I began collecting adoption agency information again. After much research I began talking to my husband about the idea, but he didn’t think we had the means to do it. He a realist and I’m a dreamer. I couldn’t stop looking at the pictures of the waiting babies from all of the different countries, but was strongly drawn to the Asian children.

In 2002, we decided we were going to find a way to adopt a little girl from South Korea. After meeting another adoptive family with a child from South Korea we filled out the preliminary application immediately. For the most part we found the money when we needed it. We sold anything we could live without and watched our every penny. We paid bills as they came for the first part of the process, always having the money in our savings account somehow. Then when the larger amount was due upon referral we got a loan for the remaining and used a loan against our whole life insurance policy to pay for a large portion as well. We also applied for some adoption grants that were available at the time and received two grants. (more...)

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