There are so many uncertainties with adoption. I struggle with this a bit, as I am very driven and determined. I prefer to control the situation. I have never felt so hands tied down... helpless, as I do in this journey. With anything else... I can forge my own path and make it happen.
However, there is one thing that is for certain, and that is - this adoption is going to cost a lot of money! I was making some serious inquiries to the cost of the different programs. Not taking into account the fees spent on the home study; DRC will cost approx. $24k with travel, US adoption will cost a minimum whopping (are you ready for this?!) $40k without travel and hotel! I suspect that Ethiopia and other African programs will be in the DRC ballpark of $24k. $10k of this we will need soon to send our dossier out. (For those who don't know, a "dossier" is a set of appropriately authenticated and translated legal documents which are sent to the country you wish to adopt from. Home study report, medical reports, financial reports etc.)