My wife and I are adopting a little girl from China. We just received our referral. The referral is the selection of the actual child for the adoptive parents. We were sent pictures and a medical report. After receiving the referral the potential adoptive parents agree to accept the child. With a glad heart we checked off the box that said "we accept this child" and faxed it back to the agency. You can see pictures of our new daughter at

It has been a long process, over two years of paper work with adoption agencies, foreign governments, and the American government. It has also been an expensive process. The cost to date has been over $12,000. To pay the costs to this point I took out a second mortgage on my home. The expenses come from adoption agency fees, home study cost, INS fees, and all your documents have to be certified by the secretary of state at a cost of $10 to $25 for every document certified and there are lots of them. We have two large expenses left. One is travel to China to pick up the child. The other is a $3000 orphanage fee that the Chinese government charges to defray the cost of the orphanages. This money has been seemingly well used by the Chinese government. From the reports that I have read many of the orphanages have been improved and additional medicine, clothes, and food have been made available for the children. An excellent book that discusses this is "Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption, and Orphanage Care in China" by Kay Ann Johnson

I am working to raise the $3000 so that I can pay this required fee. If I can just find 300 people that would be willing to donate $10 I will be able to raise the money. Donations go directly to improve the conditions and level of supplies and staff that are available in Chinese orphanages. If you would be able to help out please take a look at this page I created for the Rose Lin Johnson Chinese Orphanage fund


Rose looks adorable!

I am also an adoptive parent.
My wife and I have two children (now 5 and 2 years old) that were each adopted domestically.

I presume you are already aware of the federal adoption tax credit, which should help mitigate some of your expenses. It may take a few tax years to earn it back, particularly at a librarian-level salary. :-)

Also, give yourself an extra hour prepping your taxes this year. The interaction between the Adoption Tax Credit and the new improved Bush Child Tax Credit makes for a complicated bit of paperwork. Something like working on 3 different inter-dependent schedules and worksheets at the same time. It'll take time to figure out how to do it right. When you're done, write yourself some notes on what you had to do, because you'll probably have to do it for a few years (until your yearly tax liability finishes eating the credit up, or a max of 5 years).

Of course, soon enough, the tax aspects will be the least of your worries!

What a sweet little girl...and lucky, too.

A cousin of mine and her husband adopted a baby girl from China a couple years ago. They're planning to adopt another child within the next year or so.

Unfortunately, I can't really speak to the process she went through as I don't know a lot about it. I'm sure it's just as complicated and expensive as in the US.

But the difference her little girl has made in my cousin's life is quite amazing! And she's a cutie, too.


Gang: I can speak to the validity of Biblio's situation. It has been 2 arduous years and I KNOW the rewards for both Rose Lin and the rest of her soon-to-be clan will be immeasurable.

In the spirit of this holiday season, Bibliofuture, you and yours have my prayers and my generosity.

Biblio, you and your wife have just saved someone's life.

I came out of my self-imposed exile for this one. Come on people, pony-up.

Congrats on the little one! My Sister put a baby up for adoption about 18 months ago, I can only hope that my niece's new family is as wonderful as yours.

Rose is such a cutie!

At 3:30 central time I have received 4 donations so far. Your support is greatly appreciated. When I return from China I will post some pictures of us picking up Rose. Typically families travel within 60 days of recieving the referral. The travel date is set by the agencies and the governments of the countries. If I could pick the travel day I would be going tomorrow.

If anyone out there would like to donate but don't have $10, any amount would help. You can donate a dollar or two if you would like to chip into the cause. 1000 people donating a $1 has a very positive impact.
Thanks again to the people that have supported us so far.

Rose looks like a cutie. Good luck and enjoy parenthood!

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