We've ramped up adoption research since the summer, and DH is wrapping his brain around the idea. We've attended some seminars and he's started to get into the process. At this point I'm letting him drive the timeline for the most part, but he figures once his job settles down in January we can take the full plunge. We know we want to do domestic infant adoption through an agency. As a funny aside, DH is now walking through the house on a weekly basis trying to figure out what we need to do for a homestudy!
Anyway, we live in the middle of nowhere and we basically have 3 agencies we're looking at.
Agency 1 has an office on our main street. It's a church-based organization that we've contacted, but they have a habit of being very unresponsive. We heard a rumor their wait times are 3+ years and they will only let you adopt a child born in your home county (???).
Agency 2 is in our general area, but likely a hike from our home. I've heard rave reviews from one person, but I'm very hesitant. They haven't been around for very long and seem to say "we can do this and that for you" but don't get into details.
Agency 3 is about an hour from our home. It's been around over 20 years, and we've attended 2 seminars that went really well. They seem very knowledgeable, are extremely transparent, and we feel really comfortable with them.
Would it be a horrible idea to just go with Agency 3 when we're ready (likely Jan/Feb 09), or should we really sit down with all 3 agencies to make a final decision?
I know it's a personal decision, but we all know it's a big one, and I just wanted some experiences on how much research and face-to-face conversations you had before you chose who you chose.