Tuesday, July 24, 2007

18 months

We're hovering around the 18 month mark in our wait for our child. It is still unknown when we will receive our referral, so we continue to press on into the coming fall.
We have learned more about the actual process that is taking place in El Salvador. I've been updating what we've been doing during the wait. Time to talk about what's going on down there. (Now don't quote me on this but from what I've read, in combination with what we've been told by our agency, this is how things are happening.)
There are two major government agencies- The OPA
(Oficina Para Adopciones/Office for Adoptions) and ISNA (The Salvadoran Institute for the Development of Children and Adolescents). The OPA investigates the circumstances of each child's situation and searches for relatives who may choose to care for the child. Once adoption is determined to be the best option for the child they are deemed "adoptable" by the OPA. This process can take up to 2 years. (A new law aimed at decreasing this time was passed very recently!) At this point, the child "goes before" a special matching committee. The committee reviews the files of a handful of nominated adoptive families and selects which family receives a referral for the child.
Our paperwork is currently in the hands of the OPA where they can nominate us at any time to go before the matching committee.

Psalm 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You.