I haven’t posted much about adoption lately. The main reason for it is that we have been stuck for about two months waiting for the adoption services to send us a corrected of the psychological assessment. We finally received them about a week ago, after several phone calls and emails.
While waiting for these documents, we have selected the adoption agencies we want to apply to and prepared everything we need for the applications. Above all, we spent a huge amount of time writing and rewriting our motivation letters.
Now, I don’t mean to brag but I am really pretty good at writing application letters for jobs. I have written, read and selected loads so I have become quite good at it. You would then think that writing the motivation letter for the adoption agencies should be easy for me but it’s been really hard! First of all, I am ok with writing in English, but not in other languages. My sweet half was there to check on the text but he can be quite cheesy and I have a hard time arguing against him when he knows better in his native language. So we had to rewrite until finding a compromise a few times.
We looked for guidelines from adoption agencies and ideas online but then wrote our own letter. Mostly, an application letter for an adoption agency will include:
– brief introduction: names, age, jobs, marriage duration, where we live;
– the motivation for adoption: in our case description of our infertility journey, including IVFs;
– the adoption project: age of the child, health issues, race, nationality, if any preference;
– what the child can receive: lifestyle, environment, family, games to play, how much time off the future adoptive parents can take, etc.
– the motivation of the choice of the agency.
I hope it’ll work. We have sent a couple of applications last week and we will send more in the coming weeks. Now we just have to wait and hope for at least one positive answer…