1.) Are you requesting a boy or a girl ? What age ?
We would really love to adopt a boy. Based on what we have been told and read, there are more boys available to adopt than girls....but when it comes down to it, we would be just as thrilled to come home with a beautiful little girl. As for his/her age, we are hoping to adopt a child six months old to two years old. Now... that being said, if the child we adopt has a brother or a sister we refuse to split them up. We have been approved for two children.
2.) How did you come to Kazakhstan with so many other countries out there ?
About a year and a half ago when we first began exploring adoption possibilities, we were really leaning towards adopting from Guatemala. We have some dear friends that were in the process of adopting from Guatemala during that time. This was right about the time when all of the uncertainty with Guatemalan adoptions began. Adoptions from that country came to a screeching halt. We were afraid that if we went forward adopting from there we might end up losing our money, never getting our child home and ending up broken hearted as a result. At that point we decided to explore other countries. It so happened that Cynthia works with a lady who had very recently adopted from Karaganda, Kazakhstan. We became very interested when we learned of her experience and how well the orphan children of that country are cared for. In March of 2008 we traveled to Wilmington, North Carolina and attended an adoption seminar given by our agency. When we came home from this trip we prayed and sought guidance in our decision. As a result we felt led to adopt from Kazakhstan and to go with this agency. It was at this point we made a personal commitment begin the process.
We hope this tells a little more of the Wright's story. If any of you have any questions to ask us please feel free to ask :-)
We also want to suggest checking out the Gobble family's adoption blog. We have recently met them on Facebook and we are both at about the same point in our journeys.
-Brian & Cynthia-