Hello, I first started thinking about adopting when I was 14 and was not having my monthly cycle and I had seen Annie on television. My parents only had me, and my cousins were estranged so I have a small immediate family. My uncle and aunts were in Germany, and there was a language barrier so I felt our family was even smaller. I knew that I wanted to adopt or foster children when I was old enough. My maternal grandmother had fostered children in Canada in the post war era and told me quite some interesting stories. I knew I would be able to help at least one or two kids have a safe, loving home even if it was through fostering. I am now 38, and have not met the right person to start a family with and being a lesbian woman who is only semi-out in public ( not for personal reasons but local culture), I thought about fostering first. After some soul searching I decided that the attachment to a child in my care for a short term would be quite strong and that I should opt for the adoption route. My parents are in their 70s and asking for grandchildren ---- I know its an old thing for parents to be doing.. and customary for them to want the family name ( if not the genetics) to go on... I said I would give it a try, before I get too old to parent. I still have the energy and a lot of love to give to a little one ( interested in adopting a child or twins up to the age of 10) and hope to pass on my academic tricks of the trade, while I still remember my school stuff! I chose to put a profile on Adoption Bridge because their mission and values were similar to mine, in that I believe that all children deserve to be happy, healthy and safe in the home they live in and at least have some relationship to their parent. if open adoption, or semi open.