My wife and I are starting the application process for adoption and just wanted to know if anybody with a "homesteading lifestyle" had any experience with it. Right now we live in a suburban home and have pretty good jobs, and appear pretty "normal" until you come into the house and see the woodstove in middle of the living room then venture out back to see the 4 goats and assortment of rabbits, chickens, and ducks (which do not conform to zoning regs). We are worried about what they may think when they see this, not to mention when we tell them we plan on quitting our jobs (we will get new ones!). and moving to our farm in the mountains that we are currently renting out. I also wonder what they may say about that underage drinking ticket (posession, not DUI) I got when I was 18 (they do background checks) or the lyme disease I was treated (successfully) for last year (it got pretty bad) as it is certainly understandable they want you to be in good health. My wife and I are 27 and 25 respectively and as far as we know would have no problem having children the good old fashioned way, we just feel that adoption is a wonderful way to provide a home and family to children who might not have it otherwise, as well as lightening the load on our planet. Edited to add: Thanks for all the replies so far, I though I may add some more information to futher clarify. We are currently looking at domestic adoption through a private agency which places children that are currently in the state's system. The fees are low/free. With no children right now we are considering a sibling group of up to 4 children and would like them to be a bit younger as for us to enjoy as much of their childhood as possible, but we are certainly not set on an infant, and will consider anything. This goes as well for disabled/ill/abused children, we would just have to evaluate each situation on a case by case basis.