My husband and I will not be having biological children; this is a choice actually, and not because of our inability. However, for several years we have said that after we are settled for a couple of years (as in our careers, house, etc.) then we would love to consider adoption. Our house is still being built, I just finished my first year of teaching, and I'm still in school pursuing my master's degree...so we're not quite settled yet. However, I know it is a long process and so I don't imagine you can start too early. I will be finished with school when I am 26, and I see the ideal age for me to have a child as being 29 or 30 years old. My question, then, is does anyone have experience adopting? I really, really would like to hear about experiences from people I "know" - and I feel like I know many of you. I want to know how unrealistic I am if I say I'd like a Caucasian child without special needs. I don't have to have a newborn, but I would like have a child within the 0-2.5 years category. That sounds horrible to come right out and say, as though I'm shopping for the ideal child, but it is how I feel. Any advice is much appreciated. We have not made the decision to adopt at this point, but we are exploring.