Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Fall Fundraiser Sale

I'm going to be participating in a fundraiser sale for adoptive families coming up in November. You can find the when and where details here.
A percentage of the sales from my items will go to Orphan Advocates. (I've mentioned them before in a previous post.) "Orphan Advocates seeks to advocate on behalf of the international orphan for the opportunity to have a family, a home, an education, and a future." This organization will begin advancing their mission by providing assistance to El Salvador with the registration of orphans into the government's adoption system.
The lack of man-power is currently the number one wall between families and referrals from El Salvador!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Huevos and Hague

The other morning for breakfast I had scrambled eggs, a tortilla, and hot coffee. While I was eating, I couldn't help but wonder if this was what our child was having for breakfast, too! You never know.

Today, I participated in a phone call with a woman from the Hague Convention accreditation group. She wished to speak with a waiting family as part of her site visit with our agency. It was a brief interview where she asked questions about the process we experienced with our agency so far. She also talked aside with me for a minute, giving me tips and encouragement about entering into parenthood with a toddler as our first child.
I recommend reading the "Information for Parents" PDF on the Hague site. I realized I didn't know much about it so I headed to the Department of State site and found this pamphlet. It's a good place to start in understanding the history and purpose of the Hague. Our agency has already made noticable changes on their web pages that discuss adoption from El Salvador. The Hague will be ratified in February of 2008, so adoption agencies are gearing up to comply. I know El Salvador is doing the same. They are working to ensure that the processes are in the best interest of the children there. We are definitely glad about that!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

21 months

A couple of things...

USCIS renewal

We mailed off our homestudy update and paperwork to our local USCIS office last week. On our end of things, the homestudy update was an easy process. Once we figured out what was required by the USCIS, which was difficult to discover, it was just a matter of making copies and mailing out the paperwork.

Orphan Advocate
This organization has been developed to offer help for orphans. One way they are doing this is by assisting El Salvador in the registration of children so that they may be adoptable. There's not much information available yet, because the organization is in the earliest stages. But the vision is awesome!
Because it is new, the site is not 100%, but their blog can be found here.

We are in our 21st month of the process. Our paperwork has been in ES for 17 months. No update or news as to when our referral might come.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— the LORD, who remains faithful forever.

He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous.

The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the LORD.

Psalm 146