Tuesday, February 1, 2011
How it all started...
It all started January, 2010 with Haiti. Watching the images on TV of all those orphans compelled me to try and do something about it. I soon found myself on the phone and computer 8 hrs/day... to find out that adoption in Haiti would not be possible. However, the spark had already been lit!
My new full time job became researching adoption programs. It didn't take long before I fell in love with Ethiopia. January 21st, I added my name to a long waiting list of families wanting to just register for adoption from Ethiopia. Requesting an infant would likely take 6 yrs to complete. Our requested age limit has been increased twice now. Initially it was 0-2, then 0-3 and now 0-4... however, a year has passed and we still have not heard from the agency.
If I want to adopt in my lifetime (okay a bit of exaggeration), I need to look at other programs. We are 100% certain that we want to adopt from Africa (well if truth be known, my husband is more open to other programs than I am). I briefly looked into Rwanda, however they are now closed while thay implement the Hague. DRC Congo looks like the next possibility - however, it is increasingly becoming more popular, and where the wait was 4-6 months for a referral, it is probably more like a year if not more now.
We have decided to start our homestudy, so that we have the flexibility to jump on an opportunity if one arises. We are steering toward DRC, with our fingers crossed for Ethiopia... while seeking to learn of other African program possibilities as well.
50 million orphans in Africa... it really shouldn't be this difficult!