A lot of you have been following this adoption story, and we’re excited to share the next steps of this journey with you. Some of you may recall that back in early December, we sent out our plea for help with the adoption expenses. This was due to the fact that our boys’ biological sister unexpectedly came to be in need of adoption; while the Lord opened our hearts to this fully, finances seemed impossible, since we’d just gone through the hefty cost of two adoption only one year ago.
However, we are joyfully pleased to announce that ALL the necessary funds for the adoption were raised! Amazingly, the sum of over $8000 came in within THREE weeks; it was truly our Christmas miracle. Of the dozens of fund raisers we’ve been part of over the years, we’ve never seen a goal met so quickly. We experienced everything from donators who were skipping Christmas presents and giving the money towards the adoption, to people we’d never met hearing about our story and PayPal-ing us money. Acquaintances, old friends, total strangers, all showing the utmost in generosity! This touched and blessed our hearts immeasurably, and was yet another solid confirmation that God has led us down this road. Better still is the benefit to our boys’ sister, because we are now able to progress quickly with the adoption process.
While we were home in the states over Christmas, we were able to take care of several important steps in the processing of our home study for the US adoption agency! This was extremely beneficial, because many of the tasks are more difficult to accomplish here on the island. As each step has accompanying fees and costs, the timely fund-raising is what made it possible to get things done so conveniently and more quickly while at home! Here’s a summary of the progress so far:
- In November, our US social worker visited Dominica to complete our home study visit
- All four of us got the necessary, notarized, physicals and blood tests
- We got official fingerprints for the FBI background check, and mailed out the forms
- Forms and payments were mailed out for the additional required background checks
- A myriad of documents were printed, signed, and mailed off
- Here in Dominica, we are able to pay for updating our resident visas
- The legal paperwork in Dominica is complete, and we are able to pay the lawyer in full
- January 31 is the date set for the court to assign our guardian ad litem. The guardian ad litem is then able to complete our Dominican home study (which we are also able to pay for)! When she submits her report to the court, the judge will set a date for the final, official adoption hearing!
I guess, in the interest of full disclosure, we should clarify that WE didn’t actually do the mailings. We had to rely on family, because, well, you know us: always down to the line on everything. With our need to get back to Dominica for Jacelyn’s rotation, there was only so much we could accomplish. Thanks, mom and dad!
So, that’s our status for right now. Further steps of the process may go quickly and may drag on forever, being as it’s now out of our hands into the court/immigration system. Either way, we’ll keep you posted (pun!). While we’re not legally able to post pictures of our dear girl, yet, we can relentlessly post pictures of these two, so here:
If you pray, when you pray, pray for us…
On to the next thing…