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what were your experiences? was their a tax break like there is in the US ? (not that i care much but will ease the blow when bringing this up to dh)<br>
what agencies did u go thru?<br><br>
do they care what religion you practice? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> unfortunately i'm 'sure' we'll be discriminated against<br><br>
how much did it cost total?<br>
did the govt give you any hassles i should be aware of?<br><br>
thanks so much
 

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I'm not Canadian and didn't adopt from China, but I want to address your concern about religious discrimination. Based on my experience, I would say that you should be able to find an adoption agency who is open to working with you - they are most concerned that you be a healthy, good family for a child, not what religion you practice. That said, various countries have their own issues and a knowledgable agency can help you figure out what country and program will be the best fit with your family.<br><br>
My homestudy said that I would raise my daughter with "Christian values" and that was good enough for Guatemala. Although neither my partner nor I are Christian, we decided that we could live with that phrase since it didn't say we would be raising her as a Christian.<br><br>
You never know either - a good agency may be aware of situations, including domestic situations, where your particular religious practice is actually an asset to the adoption. Also, it might help to find others within your religious tradition who have adopted successfully and find out what agencies they used. That's how we found our very open-minded and flexible agency.<br><br>
Best wishes -
 

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We actually had our homestudy done by a Christian agency that would not have approved us to adopt domestically through them because we are not Christian (we're Buddhist). But they didn't care what religion we were to do our homestudy for an international agency, and they too used the phrase "Christian values" to describe how we would raise our daughter.<br><br>
Namaste!
 
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