Thursday, March 29, 2012

The process...

Well, I haven't been updating this blog a lot because, honestly, there hasn't been much of anything to share.  We were told on March 12th that no children had been escorted into our orphanage yet.  Our agency has over 20 kids that they are going to adopt out, but, due to who knows what, none of them had made it into the orphanage.  Apparently things take 10 times longer in Africa, but it's so hard to think like that when you are used to get things right when you want them!  It's been a learning process, nonetheless.

So, we have trekked on with our paperwork.  Our home study was finalized and sent to us just a few days after our 2nd meeting, which is an awesome thing!  It can take up to 3 weeks to get your paper work back, and she had it done the next day!   As soon as we got our home study back we mailed off our i600A {An immigration packet that the US govt uses to decide if we are fit to adopt}.

Today, we received a text saying that our application has been received.  Now we wait for our approval from USCIS, then we will get our fingerprints made.

Our agency emailed all of the Congo adoptive parents and let us in on a little bit of new info:
1.  They are doing ALL blood tests before any referrals are made, that way the prospective parents know as much info possible when they get a referral.  We are very grateful for this new procedure!
2.  Our "waiting list" will no longer just be honored by the order that people sent in their adoption applications.  Families with home studies completed will be first on the list... which we have done, yay!!!
3.  Four children arrived at the orphanage today.  We were all hoping for 10-12 children in this first round, but 4 is a blessing!  We are not high enough on the list to get a referral from this group, but we are super excited for the families that have been waiting for months upon months to see their child for the first time.  They sent all of us a picture of a precious 4-year old girl who will soon meet her forever family!  Praise the Lord!

So, what do we do next... we wait.  We hurry up to fill out paperwork and we wait some more.  Here's a verse that helps us remember to rejoice throughout the entire process, not to worry about the details, pray earnestly, and allow God to be in control!

Philippians 4:4-7
 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


  1. Amy, you and Jared are in my prayers for the adoption process. Your story will continue with a wonderful blessing at the end...a sweet child!

  2. Following your journey with great interest. We recently brought home our first child through adoption as well. It's always fun to run into another couple who are adding to their family through IA!

  3. Hi! I just found your blog. :) My husband and I are with the same agency and waiting just like you. I noticed this because the updates you posted are the same that we are getting. :) I love having found someone else that is right along side us! I was hopeful that the email we received today is good for both of us. Take care!