After long consideration, Ginger and I decided to expand our family. After considering
all of our options, we have decided to adopt from China. It involves collection of a lot
of paperwork, a home study by a state licensed social worker, a child abuse record check,
a criminal record check, approval from the INS, FBI, the Chinese Adoption Affairs Center
in Beijing, and the local province officials. After all the approvals, we traveled to
China for a few weeks in December of 1997 and complete the adoption of our daughter,
Amanda, in the Chinese legal system. After our return to the United States, we petitioned
the county court for a "Recognition of Foreign Adoption", a legal name change,
and an order to have the State issue a "Registration of Foreign Birth". We were
able to do these procedures without an attorney, and at very low cost.
Shortly after we returned from China, Ginger became pregnant. The pregnancy was
uneventful and on January 4, 1999 our second daughter, Emma Leigh was born. You can see
our birth announcement and Emma's pictures here.