This process has been SO different then I had always imagined. In my mind, we would walk into an adoption agency, letting them know we would like to adopt, and they would be practically jumping on us with excitement because they are so desperate for families. I mean after all, you hear all of these statistics of the millions of orphans across the globe that need someone. Wouldn't it stand to reason that they need millions of families to love and care for these millions of orphans? Well, they do. However, the process to adopt is a lot more particular then you might think. There are so many rules, regulations, and requirements that you must meet, and they vary by country.
For the past three weeks, we have been applying to different country programs and finding that they are not one size fits all. Now every family is different, and what may be on one family's heart to do, is not on another. For us, we have a heart for Asia. We are wanting to adopt our little girl though one of the Asian programs. Again, not as easy as you may think. We first applied to the China Program. We were turned down flat by one agency, so we went to another. They were super helpful and tried everything they could to get us to qualify, but bottom line is that we just do not own enough stuff. China is the only country that requires a minimum salary and net worth for adopting families, and we just didn't meet it. The second country program we tried was Korea. This program is wonderful, it just wasn't a fit for us since you cannot pick whether you would like to adopt a boy or a girl. They pick for you. Which brings us to where we are now ~ Thailand. We met all requirements for Thailand and we can request a girl, since we have two boys already. We are currently on the waiting list to adopt from Thailand. They are estimating that the official process will start in March.
So what does that mean? Where does that currently put us in the adoption process?
Well, as soon as we get the call from our agency, we hit the ground running!! ALL of the paperwork starts! And by paperwork I mean the Home Study and Dossier. We have to be ready to run when they call!
As a result, we have a goal for the next 30 days, to raise $1550 through our fundraisers. This amount will complete what we need to apply to the country and cover the home study fee.
Remember those "Faith Bands"??
If we can sell the remainder of our faith bands, we will raise the rest of the money needed for the start of our paperwork! A BIG thank you to all of our friends and family who have already purchased some!!! Your support of us is overwhelming! We have currently sold 115 faith bands. We have 485 left. Would you help us? Would you partner with us on our journey? Would you spread the word to your family and friends? The dark blue adult band is $3.50 and the light blue child band is $2.50.
It is our goal to sell all 485 remaining faith bands by February 29th. To place your order for your faith bands, simply go the right of this page and click on the "Donate" button. Be sure to indicate how many faith bands you would like and what sizes. OR send a check with your order to the address listed at the right of this page. OR send us an email directly letting us know how many you would like.
Thank you all for your love and support of our family and our little Ezra Faith!!