Lots of lovely greetings to you in this month of love! Hallmark love it may be, but we relish it still. Especially knowing what true love is: “This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 It’s been a few months since we’ve put out an update, so here it is!
WE HAVE OFFICIALLY COMPLETED OUR HOMESTUDY!!!!! This is a major step in the adoption process and we are super excited to have that monolithic step done. We have also sent off our I800a to U. S. Immigration and registered with CARINGS (the Indian database used to begin matching). Before going further, allow me to define some potentially unknown terms.
- Homestudy- The study is a basic overview of your life – including criminal background checks, your finances and even your personal relationships. Forms, questionnaires, a home inspection, and face-to-face interviews are used to asses eligibility. It is used by the courts to assess if a stable environment exists for a family to receive an adoptive placement. It is often the lengthiest step when preparing to adopt. Want to know more? Click here
- i-800a- An application to the United States Citizens and Immigration Services to allow your family to bring an orphan into the country.
- Matching- Matching can be defined as the process of identifying a family whose resources will, as far as possible, meet the assessed needs of a particular child or sibling group, throughout childhood and beyond (Hadley Centre, 2002) or, put another way, it involves fitting parents’ strengths to the needs of children awaiting placement (Ward, 1997)
So what’s next? Lots of waiting. We are waiting for approval from the U.S. government and the Indian government to adopt. This approval process can take about 3 months. We have about two months to go! Once we are approved, we will be allowed to start the matching process. Our agency will then be allowed to match us with a waiting child. During this time, we have taken the break in completing paperwork to do paperwork of another kind: grant applications. We have applied to two foundations (JSC Foundation and ABBA Fund) for financial assistance and are currently working on an application for Show Hope. Our prayer is that the remaining costs will be provided through grants. Next month, we plan to have one more yard sale to assist with the $3,652. 50 due upon CARA approval. The Lord has been so so faithful in His provision already! Thank you all for your ceaseless prayers and encouragement!