I'm curious if any of the members here at :sf have adopted any children? Or if their adopted themselves. As some of you know I was in the hospital shortly before Christmas and found out that I have a genetic disease that involves my kidneys. Thought a lot of research I found out that getting pregnant while having this disease can not only put my life, but the life of my child in danger. Not to mention, put the poor child at risk of developing the disease themselves. My Husband and I have decided that we really don't want to put the child at risk of developing and dealing with a (according to the National Kidney Foundation) "serious life threatening illness". It's just not something I or him could live with. Unfortunately, I'm also unaware of whether or not I would pass the health exam that is at least required in Florida to adopt. (Because of the genetic disease) So any information on whether or not other states require one, would be fantastic. All in all, I'm just trying to get as much information as possible. It's heartbreaking for a set of newlyweds to think that they may never be parents. I'm not looking for sympathy, I'm looking for a solution. Thanks guys.