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Choosing Foster Care Adoption Over International

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By Michael Blanchette

Choosing Foster Care Adoption Over International

Our 5 Children: Mikayla, Bella, Erika, Michael, and Abby. A foster care adoption completed our family.

We've Been a Forever Family Since...

Our son came to us in 2001 as a foster child. We later adopted his sister.

Type of Adoption and Age(s) of Child(ren)

Adoption Through Foster Care.
Michael-9 (adopted)
Abby-8 (adopted)

My Family's Adoption Story

We were already blessed with three healthy daughters, and were thinking about trying again to have a boy. Prior to being married, during engagement, we had agreed that we would adopt if we were unable to have children. I brought up that old discussion, and come to find out, my wife had been pondering the same thought. Why not adopt a boy! That way we know for sure that it will be a boy, and at the same time, we would be helping a child in need. We later weighed the pros/cons of international adoption vs. adoption through foster care. We ended up adopting a boy, and later adopted his sister when she became free for adoption.

To read the whole story in it's entirety, click: "Our Own Adoption Experience-It was Destiny!"


  • The process doesn't happen overnight.
  • Try to be patient, but call every so often, the squeaky wheel gets the grease!
  • There will be ups and downs, but hang in there, it's worth it!

Carrie Craft, About.com Adoption/Foster Care, says:

Foster care adoption can be a very rewarding way to complete your family, and this family offers great tips! The hint about the squeaky wheel is very, very true! Don't let a social worker forget about you and your family! Squeak!

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