We adopted our son in January 2013. He was 2 years old. He had a left clubbed foot. He could walk. We had previously adopted our daughter in 2008 and always felt very comfortable and confident with adoption. We were open to our son's special need because we felt like we could handle the treatment process. It was not scary to us at all. Overall it has not been a very difficult process but has required patience with the delay in gross motor skills and then during the casting and surgeries. We did not realize hat the affected foot would be smaller than the healthy foot for the rest of the child's life. It is not that big of a deal, but it was just something I never thought about.
We used the Ponsetti method of casting and surgery, followed by an AFO brace and the Mitchell Shoes. Our son has handled it all with great calm and patience. We would like anyone considering this special need to know that your child will be just fine. They can run and jump and walk and play on the playground... just like children with normal feet! It will have little impact, if any, on their quality of life.