Tuesday, September 30, 2014

next steps

The adoption process is S-L-O-W for us, as you know.  I do know that our caseworker is putting the finishing touches on our home study.  It'll still have to be approved by several people, but the good news is, we're moving along.

Since we're in the final stages of the home study process, we're now eligible to move on to the next step, which is...

More paperwork!

Yes, I think some of this is red tape-like.  But, it's how the process is and we happen to think adoption is what we've been called to do, so we'll tackle the paperwork, no matter how long it takes me to do it.  (Let's be honest.  I love my husband, but he signs where I tell him to and that's about the extent of his involvement with the paperwork.)

For your information, this round of paperwork does include some duplicate requests (health insurance forms, photos, special needs checklists), but includes some new to-dos:
  • Personalized letter from us stating why we are pursuing the adoption of a child with special needs, if both of us will return to work, and what our expectations are of the child short- and long-term.
  • Family care and training plan that will identify doctors, education experts, language interpreter, and mentor families
  • Letter of reference indicating our experience in learning or observing a child with medical/special needs
  • Photos -- another one of us, copies of our passport photos

I share all of this for a few reasons:
  • As we have in the past and will probably request your assistance in the future with fundraising, I feel it's important to have an idea of what this process is like and how the funds are used.
  • In case anyone reading this is interested in adoption, I hope this serves as a good tool for you to have a better understanding of the process.  I fear it may turn some people away, but I also think that if the paperwork doesn't bother you, it's probably a good indication that you're going the right direction.  I may sigh and complain occasionally about the paperwork, but in the end, it doesn't truly bother me.  It's mostly just paperwork.  It may take me time, but God will lead us to the right child in the right time, no matter when I actually complete all the paperwork.  And, it's a very small price to pay -- using lots of paper, ink, postage, and time -- to get our child out of an orphanage and into her permanent home.

Going forward, I do have a few prayer requests for you, if you're so inclined:
  • Drive to complete the paperwork
  • Fundraising -- I have one idea which I will probably execute through Instagram (follow us at @chasingpaperairplanes), but the idea isn't completely finalized.
  • Sales -- We have lots of wooden and sewn items available from our last handmade market.  I'd love to clear out this inventory and finish the year with all of our agency fees paid.  Please pray for some direction, particularly where a holiday sale might be concerned.

Monday, September 1, 2014

pressing play again

As some of you may have noticed, we went quiet with our adoption for a good chunk of this summer, but I'm happy to report that we've hit play again and are ready to get this ball rolling!
Two months ago, we submitted the bulk of our home study paperwork to our agency.  I had a few other documents left to submit, including our financial sheet, when a few things hit at once.  Keep in mind that whatever is in our home study must match our dossier, all of which goes overseas for approval.
Long story short, here are the two things that have held up the process:
1)  I was rear-ended in my jeep.  It wasn't my fault, but repairs were costly enough that we felt it was best to take the settlement check and purchase a new vehicle.  What previously showed as a (small) asset on our adoption paperwork turned into a large liability.  At the end of the day, we have to show a $80,000 net worth.  That will still be possible, but obviously taking out a new car loan doesn't make the case any easier.
2)  I got a new job.  It's a fantastic opportunity and I'm super excited.  I think it's the answer to many of our prayers.  This move changes our income and changes a few other pieces of adoption paperwork we previously submitted, so I'm in the process of redoing a few forms.
Bad news is that we're a lot farther behind in this process than I ever thought we would be.  But the good news is, God makes everything work together for His good, so even though we've been delayed for various reasons, it will all work out for the best.
Thanks for your continued prayers and support, friends.