Hi-My name is Jenni and I am married to Randy. We have 6 children ages 15 down to 3. We have 3 boys and 3 girls and there is never a dull moment. We homeschool and are hoping to have more children. I had never considered adoption, but then had a baby girl about 1 1/2 years ago when I was she was only 18 weeks gestation . The doctors said I had a placental and umbilical cord infection. She may have had Turner's Syndrome-we don't really know why she died. I haven't gotten pregnant since then and have now started checking into adoption. I did a search on adoption and this was one of the forums that came up. I was really interested in Guatamalan adoption, but my husband cannot see past the $. Our neighbor just adopted a baby domestically and I have been reading about this type of adoption. Our family has truly been blessed. Our children would love another sibling and I cannot imagine not having anymore children. Do people ever set up adoptions without an agency, so that the cost is not astronomical? Do birthmoms only go through agencies? After reading different things, I think that open adoption is best for a child as long as the parent is not trying to get the child back. Does this happen much? I am totally ignorant to the 'adoption scene' and just trying to figure out what really goes on. Our neighbors have a semi-open adoption. The mother does not know where they live or their last name. Anyway, just wondering and beginning to question adoption... I can't imagine giving my child up..it seems that a birthmom would have to be a really strong person to be able to make this incredibly mature decision for the sake of their child. Thanks for reading and thanks for any info. you may have.