My husband and I are interested in adopting a child from Bhutan. We applied to the NCWA in 2012, but adoptions in Bhutan were closed for 3 years. In 2015, we were approved and were informed that we would be notified when a child became available. However, no child has become available since then and we are still waiting.
Does your law firm assist in identifying a child for adoption for American citizens? We would like to adopt a healthy girl up to the age of 13 or 14. We have an approved home study and USCIS I-600A visa approval, which would need to be updated.
Please see our family profile below. We have adopted 3 children from Korea and 2 from China.
The Palmer Family Profile
We would like to adopt a girl who is less than 15 years old. We feel we can accommodate a single child, but a female sibling is not out of the question. We prefer to adopt a child of Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or Pacific Islander biracial or ethnic background. We are open to children with many, many special needs. In general, We are looking to adopt a girl between the ages of birth and 14 years old, of most racial backgrounds. We are willing to accept a child with minor or medically correctable conditions, moderate emotional special needs, but no serious permanent disability.
We enjoy cooking (making Christmas cookies is a favorite holiday pastime) and ethnic foods, dining out, visiting, family get-togethers, birthday and holiday celebrations, traveling in the U.S. and abroad, reading, playing games, swimming, tubing and canoeing and kayaking on the river, gardening (fresh vegetables that we can and freeze), exercising, yoga, home decorating and household projects, yard work, vegetable gardening, shopping, enjoying nature and watching sports. We appreciate the peace and quiet and beautiful views at home and around our neighborhood. We enjoy taking walks with our dog, Rosie, a beautiful and energetic Irish Setter who loves everyone she meets. We have been supportive parents and involved with our children's extra-curricular activities, such as sports, dance, music lessons, Scouts and camp, as well as academic pursuits. We have many books, games, toys, stuffed animals, dolls and doll clothes, for children all ages. We are closely involved with the life of our youngest daughter, who is a college student, and continue to take an active interest in the lives of our adult daughters, as well.
Home and Community
We live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our home is a large single family home, in a private wooded area, overlooking the river. We live in the country, but close to downtown, a college town with all the cultural amenities of a much larger city. We have top-notch medical resources, an excellent public school system and cultural opportunities close at hand. There is a lot of ethnic and racial diversity in our community, as well, so all types of people are accepted, giving them a sense of belonging.
We are mature and experienced adoptive parents, having raised our 5 children from infancy. We have been closely involved with the friends of our children as they were growing up, and with all of their related activities. Phoebe has an M.A. in Elementary Education and has experience teaching elementary school children. We also have read a great deal about adoption and child development and behavior, have completed PRIDE training and are currently working on becoming licensed for foster care.
Our extended family lives mainly on the East coast, but we have friends and neighbors in our community, as well as our adult children who live in the area. Ben is retired and Phoebe mostly so, so one or both of us are home most of the time and we do not require childcare.
Motivation to Adopt
We have room in our hearts and in our home for another child in need of a loving home. We have so much to offer in every way to ensure the health and well-being of an adopted child. We are loving, supportive, patient and encouraging parents. Nothing has brought us as much satisfaction and reward as providing for our children, watching them grow and develop and helping them reach their full potential. We look forward to this opportunity with great excitement and anticipation.