Friday, July 24, 2009

Just when we thought....

that this rollercoaster ride of international adoption was on an upward climb, we have been thrown on an upside down loop.

I found out today (4 days before we are scheduled to leave and 6 days from our SDA appt. date) that the region the little girl we are hoping to adopt is in has shut down court proceedings for adoptions. It is due to some law that they passed (the region she is in is considered an independent region, so they can make laws separate from the rest of Ukraine) and there is a bunch of political stuff that I don't fully understand or care to get into.

We are not 100% sure what this will mean for us. Hopefully we will know more this weekend.

I imagine one of three things will happen:

1. Things will get straightened out and we will travel as planned and to the orphanage we planned.

2. We will travel as planned but once we arrive in Ukraine will have to go to a different region to adopt.

3. We will have to post pone our trip.

I am hoping it is one of the first two options. Obviously option #1 is what I am praying for, but option #2 would be okay too. We have known all along that there is no guarantee that we would adopt the little girl we are hoping for. We are attached to the idea of her in our minds and hearts, but the reality is that there are many, many HIV+ little girls in Ukraine that need a family and we would be happy to bring any of them home.

I will keep you posted as I know more, but in the mean time please pray that we leave as we have planned this Tuesday and that we are able to adopt the child (or children, as we are strongly considering adopting a second child) that is meant for us - whoever that may be.


  1. Hi

    I am not a religious person but do believe that things work out for a reason. I am sure that your children are "waiting" for you and that they will be blessed to join your family.
    The HIV orphanage in Makiivka (Donetsk Oblast) takes wonderful care of their kids and if you cannot proceed with your original plans they would be a great option .... take care and best of luck with your trip.

  2. I will be praying that God will have His will in all of this. I am not surprised at the differences in laws, as this is very common here in Crimea. We are still here to help you in any way we can, so please let us know if there is anything we can do!
    Jolene Sloan

  3. Thinking about you & just thought I'd check in. I'm a little shocked to learn about this latest developement, especially since I just returned from Ukraine a few days ago. I have heard the Poltava is trying to stop IA's but I just met some families adopting in Simferopol. Ugh. Call me if you have time to chat. Otherwise, you know you're in my prayers.