Monday, September 22, 2008

About Quinn

I always wonder about this when I read other blogs, so I'll tell you in case you're wondering. We were matched with Quinn after switching to the special needs program. We submitted a list of conditions we felt we could handle and two months later, got a call about Quinn. He suffered a common shoulder injury during birth that appears to have healed on its own. Minor conditions like this are common in China, I'm told. We heard of one little boy who had a birthmark on his wrist and was considered special needs.

Yes, adoptions of boys from China are rare. But not so rare to those considering kids with special needs. For whatever reason, far more people adopting from China want girls than boys.

Here we go

The more I learned about attachment, the more determined I was to adopt a child who had been in foster care rather than institutionalized. Then came Jian Rong. He's been in an orphanage since he was five days old. And he's my son.

For those familiar with international adoption lingo, here's what you want to know: We are LID 4-18-2006, LOI 6-13-2008, LOA 8-21-2008 and TA 9-18-2008. For those not familiar with the above, here's what you want to know: We filed our paperwork in April 2006 and were matched with Quinn in June 2008. We should learn about our travel dates anytime, but it looks like we'll be leaving in late October or early November.