The adoption process is a bizarre thing… The beginning is a bit overwhelming as you discover how much paperwork and money is involved. Once the home study is complete and the dossier is submitted, things tend to feel like they’ve come to a dead halt. Waiting for a referral is such a long process and just as you think it’ll never come, you see those precious faces and the whirlwind begins.
Since we accepted the referral for our boys last week, we’ve hardly had time to take a deep breath. In addition to dealing with our already joyfully hectic life, we have LOTS of adoption “stuff” to do.
Our immigration paperwork has to be amended to account for our decision to adopt 3 instead of 2 children, first by our home study agency and then by the USCIS. Once that is taken care of, there are several documents that will be sent in to a translator to be re-written in French and submitted to the Congo.
In the meantime, we’ll be busy doing some serious fundraising. Already, in the past 10 days, we’re nearly 1/3 of the way to our next goal of $20,000.000! Praise God! Through a variety of means, including personal budget designations as well as donations from several incredible friends and family (you know who you are!), we’re seeing the mercury rise on our fundraising thermometer and it is so exciting! Each dollar brings us closer to bringing Ty, Cohen & Jecoah home where they belong. We cannot wait to hold our boys in our arms for the very first time and we pray that it is sooner than later that we’re able to do so.
If you’re interested in contributing to our adoption, please contact us via email @ email@example.com. We NEED your help!
To our friends and family who have been so wonderfully supportive this week, both by offering unexpected donations, prayers, hugs, advice and more – I’m so grateful. I don’t deserve any of you and can’t wait to introduce our guys to the amazing people in our life. ~