Friday, February 27, 2009

Home Study Approved!

Our home study has been approved by CHSFS so we are one-step closer! Now we can finish compiling our dossier, which we hope to do in the next week or so. Then once that is reviewed and "authenticated" by the Ethiopian Embassy and the State Department, we will officially be on the wait list. It's very exciting, yet we're facing our next hurdle. USCIS (Immigration) still has to approve us. Many people have asked what Immigration has to do with adoptions. You have to submit your home study and your "Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition" (I-600A) to the USCIS. Then you are fingerprinted by them. They will evaluate all aspects of your life and must grant approval of your orphan petition in order for you to bring your child into this country. Ryan and I have learned just how intense and complex international adoption is. We are hopeful our Ethiopian journey is the path we are meant to be on. We understand that anything can happen at any point along the way. So I have to keep reminding myself that we are on a journey to find our next child. We believe she's in Ethiopia, but if not, that just means there is another path leading us to the child meant for us.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

There Is No Me Without You

I just finished reading a really wonderful book - There Is No Me Without You. The author, Melissa Fay Greene, adopted 4 children from Ethiopia. She tells the story of a woman, Mrs. Haregewoin Teferra, whose home became a refuge for hundreds of AIDS orphans. She eventually began to find adoptive families for the children and the book follows the story of some of those children. Greene also discusses the theories of how the HIV and AIDS virus came to be, and why so many millions of African children have died due to lack of medicine. The book was fascinating. I could not put it down.