When Shaun Lokey mentioned that he wanted to adopt children, his wife, Anna, was unsure about it at first. Anna did not think that she would be able to take care of the children. In fact, she did not think she was being a good mother to her own children.
Anna was also hurt by something that happened earlier in her life. Her parents had wanted to adopt a little girl, but the adoption was never finalized. The girl’s relative decided that they wanted to raise the child.
When Anna mentioned that she did not want to adopt a child, Shaun did not discuss the topic with her for a few years. He showed Anna an adoption video, and she changed her mind. Shaun reassured Anna that adoption was not about being a perfect parent. It was about participating in the children’s lives.
Anna eventually agreed to adopting the children. The Lokeys were already parents to three children, and they decided to adopt three more. Anna once thought that it would be a burden to take care of someone else’s child. She now considers it a privilege.
The Lokeys’ children were adopted from China. More Chinese children are adopted in America than any other country in the world. One of the reasons that the Lokey decided to adopt children from China is because the adoption process was straight forward and easy. The adoption costed anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000. Most of the expenses were related to travel.
Shaun encourages parents who are interested in adopting children should look into different programs. Lily was the first child that the couple adopted. She was adopted in 2010 when she was two-years-old. Judah was the second child. He was adopted in 2012 when he was six-years-old. Milo was adopted in 2014 when he was three-years-old.
Anna and Shaun have had their share of challenges with the children. The language and culture barriers were just two of the many challenges the couple faced. However, they have managed to adapt.