The adoption process
Part 1 Mom and Dad
After much thought and prayer, JungJa and Doug
made the decision to adopt a child.
JungJa and Doug filled out many forms and bought
a house to prepare for the baby. The rest of the Haynes family also
joined in the preparation for the arrival of a child.
Grandma and Aunt Cathy and Betty did much to help
including helping to outfit the baby's room. Grandpa retired so
he could spend more time with the baby
Many friends also volunteered to bring baby stuff
when they heard the news.
Part 2 HyunJi
HyunJi was born on May 1, 2000 in Seoul
Korea. She stayed for a short while at the nursery at the
Social Welfare Society in Seoul Korea. Then she went on to
stay with two foster families who gave her lots of love.
The Social Welfare Society matched HyunJi
with JungJa and Doug and passed on the referral to AIAA in
Michigan. AIAA in turn passed on the information to Adoption
Advocates in Madison, WI. Doug and JungJa were excited to
hear the news.
Part 3 the meeting
On November 4th Doug and JungJa traveled to Korea
to meet HyunJi and to bring her to her new home in Wisconsin.
The photo at right shows the very first meeting
between Beth and JungJa on 11/6/00 in the home of her foster
From the moment we met our daughter we could
see that she had been very well cared for by her foster family.
HyunJi spent a few days at the home of JungJa's
Mother before leaving for the United States. HyunJi immediately
fell in love with JungJa's mother.
She also had the opportunity to meet many
of her Korean Aunts and Uncles and cousins. Aunt JeongSoon
came to the Social Welfare office to help drive HyunJi to
her new home. Aunt JungShim helped to carry HyunJi on her
There was a party on the night before she left
for America. Many aunts, uncles and cousins came including aunt
JeongSoon, aunt JungShim, aunt JungHee, aunt JungMi, uncle Inku,
Uncle InYoung and cousins EuirYung, WonHo and BoyEun. Everyone was
very glad to meet meet her
Doug JungJa and HyunJi departed from Seoul on 11/11/00.
The plane went via Tokyo and Minneapolis to Madison. It was a long
trip, but everyone did well especially HyunJi.
Part 4 Beth's new home
Beth has quickly adapted to her new surroundings.
She loves to play with mom and dad in her new home. She has met
many new people and has made many new friends. Her arrival in Wisconsin
was even mentioned on Jean Ferraca's radio show. Since she has arrived
she crawls around here and there exploring. She has also tried many
new kinds of solid food.
Part 5,6,7... The future
HyunJi is a beautiful, strong and happy girl. She
has all kinds of potential and who knows where it will lead her.
She was born in the year of the dragon, so she will be a force to
be reckoned with.
Doug and JungJa hope that she will learn the language
and culture of both America and Korea.
The rest of the story is for HyunJi to write....