Yikes! The next step has happened so quickly. We have travel dates! We have just a few weeks to prepare and then we will be headed out! I am so thankful this time we were able to have 14 day advance on our tickets and visas. This extra time is wonderful! Last time we barely had one week which made for some interesting travel arraignments.
We are starting to organize our items for the orphanage. We were told that children's shoes are always a need. So I've been scouring the clearance racks hoping to bring over quite a few pairs. We've also been told that they are hoping to buy a few blood pressure monitors for kids and small pools for the hot summer. While, I don't envision bringing over a pool (couldn't imagine the bag fee on that), I know many of you have asked if you could donate something. Either shoes, money toward the other items or really anything for children is great. We would be honored to give the donation in your name. Let us know.
This will likely be the first of three total trips. Shortly after we get there, we will meet with the lead office for adoption and learn officially about our child. From there, we will spend time at the orphanage for a day or two playing with the child and getting to know each other. Then, we will come home and wait for our court date. This will likely be a tough wait!
We are overjoyed! We have been matched with a referral- meaning we have been paired with a child for adoption. I can't even begin to describe what an emotional roller-coaster this last week has been. Similar to last time, we turned in our paperwork and had a conversation with the agency that now begins the waiting. We discussed that every few weeks they would check in but we should expect to wait a few months to learn more. Well, 24 hours later they called.
We did receive a bit of medical information and thanks to the expertise of our International Adoption Doctor (fabulous and can't recommend enough-after we are done we will share more specifics but send me an email if you'd like the info now), they were able to offer some guidance. However, they did have a few follow-up questions and concerns to which our agency was able to get more info. I thought they would laugh when we asked for more info but they came through-twice!
Just like our first adoption, I can't share many details (country, name, age, location) for fear of losing the child because we've been too public. Please help us with that and if you do know any of that info, please don't include it in a comment!
Now comes the tough part...waiting....waiting...and waiting.
Not four copies....reworknumber 4. We've found minor difference in the home studybased on how the country specific documents request information. While, these would likely be no big deal, we are getting them revised now to avoid any problems later. Small things like when the notary commission expires. The document is good for a year, unless the notary commission expires. In the most recent redo, the notary would have expired this fall. While we might be done by then, better safe than sorry and have to redo documents mid-process, get new apostilles and resend overseas. So, more copies being made with a different notary signature.