There have not been a whole lot of adoption posts made on here in the last year and that is because there have not been a lot of news. We were told when we moved to NC that we had to wait 6 months in state before we could proceed. After that, we made an appointment and were told that we would have to start completely over in NC. Actually, we were farther behind in the process in NC than we were in Florida. After that initial meeting we decided that the foster system and us are just not a good match!. There are so many hoops to jump through and Greg is just a little too vocal on pro spanking and against behavior meds for "the systems" comfort zone!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
We have been praying for the past few months and have begun cautiously to research international adoption. A few years ago we applied to All God's Children's Guatemala program only to have the government in that country place a halt on all international adoptions. They have since open a program in Ethiopia. A few of the reasons I like this program is that:
~ The time from application to travel is about 13 months as opposed to closer to 30 months in countries like China.
~ The babies come to AGC's orphanage Hannah's Hope at just a few days old and stay there until the parents come for them.
~ In country stay is only 5-6 days
~ The babies are only about 6 months of age when you go get them, so the separation anxiety that children over a year feel toward their caregivers is not as strong.
One of the main reasons we went with the foster care system is that the cost of international adoption is so high. Fortunately there are many grants and tax credits you can apply for, but you have to be amid the process in order to receive these benefits. AND getting to that point of the process takes money!
We feel called to adopt and are more than willing to take the steps to make it a reality and so now we are asking the Lord to provide financially if this is the path He would have us take. I am asking all my blog readers to join us in this prayer. Thanks!
Below is a video made from a family that used AGC. They tell their story much better than I can, so please take a few minutes and watch.
** I know that there are many people who read my blog and never comment and that is ok, but if you will partner in prayer with us or have prayed for us would you please comment and let me know? It makes such a difference to know that we are not alone in this process. Thanks!
*** If you click on the video twice it will take you to the youtube site and you can watch it in full screen. I promise you will be blessed by it!