Thursday, June 21, 2012

What We Do Know

I debated leaving this post blank, because that's what it feels like-- we know nothing. Ok, it's not that bad. Here is what we do know about our wait time based on our phone-conference with our agency (Dove) this morning:

  1. Kiddos are not matched with families in the order that the families are waiting. The matching process is more kid-family specific: looking for the right family that fits the right kid. This means that families that have been waiting the longest are not specifically going to be matched before a family that has waited a shorter amount of time.
  2. There are 40 families with Dove that are currently waiting.
  3. We have been waiting 9 months for a referral and are on “the bottom half of that list of 40”. Our agency refuses to be more specific.
  4. There have been only 5 referrals through our agency since the beginning of the year.
  5. Dove just signed an agreement with another orphanage in Ethiopia, so their hope is that there will be more placements in the semi-near future.
  6. Changing the perimeters (age, gender, etc) of the kiddo we are requesting may or may not speed up the process.
  7. We will have to re-do significant portions of our homestudy and dossier because they will expire. Some can be the same or simply refreshed, others must be completely new.
  8. We still have a God that loves my son even more than I do, and the timing is in His perfect hands.
  9. God gives strength for each day, but not for the entire process all at once!

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