Thursday, April 2, 2009

We're Down To 2!

After a few weeks of research, discussion, phone calls and emails, we have decided to go the international adoption route. We have narrowed it down to 2 countries: Taiwan and Korea.
Each country has its pros and cons. Here are a few:

Taiwan--my first choice when I started my research.
++Kids are very healthy, and are adorable!
Travel to country is only 3-5 days, which saves $ on travel. Did I mention the kids are adorable?
--The cost is higher than that of Korea. The wait for a healthy girl is a minimum of 2 years. The wait for a girl with mild/moderate special needs or a girl over 5yrs is at least a year.

S. Korea--one of the last countries that I even considered.
++Kids are younger at referral than Taiwan program kids. The escort option means that I (major fear of heights/flying over here!) won't have to get on a {gulp} plane. Cost is one of the lowest of all countries. Wait time is 12-18 months currently.
--Korean families get first pick before US citizens, and most Korean families pick healthy girls, i.e. the girls 'left' for US citizens usually have some sort of mild issue/need. Most US families are open to gender, and since we aren't, our wait time is longer.

So, there you have it. Taiwan or Korea? Korea or Taiwan? That is the question of the day..........

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