A lot of folks have asked if we have heard anything about the adoption. The answer is, “Nothing helpful”. What we have been told is that there is a worldwide database for potential adoptive families. There are two, actually, but only one in which we belong. The database that is open is for families who are eligible to adopt children older than what we qualify to adopt or special needs beyond the scope of what our home or family structure is capable of accommodating (i.e., multiples, sibling groups, wheelchair bound, etc.). Our database was said to open “in another two to three months” and we received that word in March.
We have also learned that as of right now, the processing of visas for adopted children in India is taking such a long time that we will either be required to make two trips that are approximately 2 weeks long or one trip that could last up to 2 months. I have no idea how to feel about this because in my heart and mind it COULD change… but at the same time, history has proven that it is unlikely to change.
The adoption process internationally is broken. It was broken by bad people who thought it was a good idea to steal and smuggle children for usually horrible reasons. Check out this trailer for the documentary “STUCK” and find out that it is not just us struggling to adopt internationally.