Erin Loechner

Juggling an active Internet career with writing, speaking, designing, and styling, Erin Loechner can be found daily at DesignForMiniKind.com, a one-stop resource for loads of pint-sized inspiration, the latest-and-greatest products, and a daily dose of mom-friendly design. She also pens DesignForMankind.com, an art/design website honored by The London Times as one of the top 50 design sites in the world. Her latest project? A newborn daughter nicknamed Bee -- her favorite design yet. Erin lives in the midwest with her film-editing husband, Ken, two adorable pups, and of course, little Bee. Follow Erin on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.

Our Road to Adoption: International vs. Domestic

This is part of our ongoing adoption story; read last week’s post right here!

Since sharing our decision to pursue domestic adoption rather than international, I’ve received a few inquiries about what the main differences are between the two paths. Does it take longer? Is it more expensive? Is it “safer”? While every family’s adoption circumstances are different, I’ve included a few key distinguishing factors between international and domestic adoption processes. I hope you find it helpful, whether pursuing your own adoption story or supporting someone else’s!

The Road to Adoption: Why We're Choosing Domestic

This is part of our ongoing adoption story; read last week’s post right here!

Last week, I shared that we had a few setbacks in our early pursuit of adoption. The two countries we felt increasingly compelled to adopt from (and to commit to a continued relationship with) were closed for international adoptions. So, we began to look a bit closer to home (quite literally!) and settled on the pursuit of a domestic adoption right here in the U.S…

The Road to Adoption: Our Second Curveball

This is part of our ongoing adoption story; read last week’s post right here!

As I mentioned last week, we experienced a curveball after realizing our first choice of country was closed for international adoption. I’d felt unsettled and discouraged, until I received the opportunity to visit Africa and came home with a renewed sense of purpose and direction for an Ethiopian adoption. We were well on our way to navigating the process when we reached our second roadblock…

The Road to Adoption: Our First Curveball

This is part of our ongoing adoption story; read last week’s post right here!

As soon as we decided to proactively pursue international adoption for our family, we knew Kenya was at the top of our list. After all, Kenya was the place Ken visited when he felt the pull to adopt; the first country in Africa he truly fell in love with…

The Road to Adoption: A Series

As I mentioned in this post, my husband and I are in the early stages of pursuing adoption. And because adoption is a whirlwind of emotion and a tornado of paperwork, I’m preparing to blog honestly about our experience – the goods, the bads, the struggles and the celebrations. If you’re at all interested in adoption – either international or domestic – please follow along!

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