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New ICBF Waitlist!

ICBF Waitlist Chart June 18, 2010

(Bold means movement)

Age of Child               Approval by ICBF       Referral Wait Time
0-1 years                     October 2006            44 MONTHS
1-2 years                     October 2006             44 MONTHS
2 years                        December 2005          52 MONTHS
2 – 3 years                   May 2006                    48 MONTHS
3  years                       March 2006                51 MONTHS
3-4 years                     September 2006        45 MONTHS
4 years                        March 2006                51 MONTHS
4 -5 years                    May 2006                    48 MONTHS
5 years                        December 2008          18 MONTHS
5 – 6 years                   November 2007         31 MONTHS
6 years                        December 2009          6 MONTH
7 years                        February 2010            4 MONTHS

There has been LOTS of movement!  Good news!  We are on the 5-6 year old list, so I’m pleased to see our group showing kids going home!!!  Yeah!!!

Again, our approval date is January 2008.


1 comment June 23, 2010

We Actually Got News!

Yes, it’s true.  We found out we are number TEN on the waitlist for 5-6 year olds at ICBF in Bogota, Colombia.  That is great news.  From last July to January, we were moving up the list at four places every three months…. then we hit 2010 and it slowed a bit…. We moved five spaces in five months.  Hopefully things will speed up this summer!  Less kids go home in January than any other month…. well, probably tied with December.

It’s not exactly like the number placement is a sure thing either.  We moved onto the 5-6 year old list (from the 3-5 year old list) and moved right into our acceptance date position…. moving everyone down a number who was approved after January 2008.  Also, if any families join the list who have Colombian descent, they move to the top. 

Here is an explanation from our case worker as to what happens next:  “once your dossier at the top of the list it is transferred to a regional ICBF office to be matched to the child at the regional committee meeting.  Then the referral paperwork is processed, sent to the translator, and then finally is sent to me.  As soon as I have it I will be giving you a call, but from the time the dossier is sent to region to the time we have the referral is an additional 30-60 days I would estimate.”

So there you have it.

Add a comment June 3, 2010

Three Years ~ Six Months

Yes, today is three and a half years since we started our adoption journey to bring home our little Colombian princess, Zaza.  Shoot, three and a half years ago I was close to being in my thirties!!!  Rick was in his thirties!  As I’ve said numerous times, never did we think it would take this long.  People continually ask us, “What is taking so long?”  I believe that it is the very careful Colombian government that is matching the children with their forever families, for which we are thankful and will be forever grateful to.  Our part of the deal (homestudy, dossier, doctor visits, psychological study, fingerprinting, apostilling, photos, etc.) was all completed in October 2007.  We were approved as adoptive parents by Colombia in January of 2008. We have absolutely no control over the wait time… at all.

So, for the past two weeks I’ve been sewing a dolly for Zaza… to help the time pass.  I’ve been listening to my Spanish lessons on my laptop while I sew.  The dolly body is done, complete with an embroidered pink heart.  I am currently embroidering the beautiful brown eyes and ruby-red lips.  The hair is cut and sewn on ribbons, ready to be sewn on the head.  The dress and bloomers are done.  I have yet to make the apron.  The sleeping bag and pillow are cut out and awaiting the sewing machine.  Moving right along.  Waiting.  Sometimes impatiently.

That’s all for now.  Adios, amigos.

Add a comment May 25, 2010


We found out that we have moved from #23 on the waitlist in Bogota… to number 19!  YEAH!  Closely followed by a groan.  If you don’t take into consideration that families could have moved onto this list (like we did) from a younger or older list, only FOUR kids found their forever homes in three months.  Sad!  If it stays at this rate it will be another 14 months until we get the call.  SAY IT ISN’T SO!  Please pray that ICBF moves the files along FAR quicker than this!  It can happen!  We want Zaza home now!

We are pleased with progress, nonetheless.  One day closer to kissing her little cheeks!

3 comments October 25, 2009

I’m a Dork

I thought I might have some adoption news, even general Colombian news, last week, but no.  I’m a dork.  There was a conference call scheduled but I did the time change in the wrong direction and missed it by four hours.  DUH!  So, no news.  And in the case of waiting adoptive parents, no news is not good news.  WE WANT NEWS!  Good news.  We still don’t know where we stand in line on the 5-6 year old list at ICBF in Bogota.

Interestingly enough, I had my second adoption dream of my life.  You’d think I would have more with how consumed my thinking time is with our little Zaza, Colombia and adoption in general.  The first dream was in 1988 (of a dark haired little princess!)  Yesterday, during naptime, I dreamt that we were traveling to Colombia this September!  I pray it was a prophetic dream, not a nacho-chili-cheese dream.  ;o}  Stay tuned for REAL news. 

Add a comment June 29, 2009

The Paper is in My Hand!

Yesterday we received our “Notice of Favorable Determination Concerning Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition I-600A Extension” or the I-171H form.   Whooooo HOoooo.  We are now approved by our government until August 27, 2010!  (Dear Lord, Let it be in 2009! Amen.)  Our fingerprints expire AGAIN on September 12, 2009.  That will not be an issue if we travel soon!

News from Bogota:  Gladney’s attorney has been awaiting an appointment with the gentleman at ICBF to get the update on our place in line on the waitlist for 5-6 year olds.  I understand he has been on ‘vacaciones’ and is supposed to be back in the office today for tomorrow.  So we will have a number soon!

I’m officially ready for our referral phone call.

1 comment June 10, 2009

New List from ICBF

The list just came out from ICBF with the dates of the latest adoption referrals from Colombia.  It helps us “waiters” to gauge, sort of, when we might expect a referral call.  Oh, that glorious day!  This came out on Feb. 24th, 2009:

Age of Child / Date of Application Approval by ICBF

Child 0-12 months / Sep-2005
Child 13 – 23 months / Sep-2005
Child 2 years / May-2005
Child 3 years / Feb-2005
Child 2 – 3 years / Mar-2006
Child 3 – 4 years / Apr-2005
Child 4 years / Jun-2005
Child 5 years / Jan-2006
Child 4 -5 years / Jan-2006
Child 5 – 6 years / Mar-2007
Child 6 years / Sep-2008
Child 7 years / Sep-2008

The list didn’t change much from December, as the government agencies in Colombia take holidays from Dec. 15th through Jan. 15th.  The red ones are the new ones.  But as you can see for the child who was 6 who went to their forever family…. the family’s approval date was Sept 2008.  OURS IS FEB. 2008!  So when ICBF receives our upgraded age request and makes a note in our file, the CALL COULD BE SOON!  This is good news for us.  I would love to spend July and/or August in Bogota…. instead of Phoenix, but this is not about me… right?!?

I also just figured out that I would be OK with the call coming soon.  I was freaked out about my book deadline, but even if the call came tomorrow, there is enough time for me to finish writing several weeks before we would travel.  That is of course, assuming I could concentrate on writing after receiving the referral call… which is highly unlikely.  I’ll be making lists and shopping and bribing my brother into watching our dog.   But I’m more at peace with the whole deal at the moment. <3

2 comments March 2, 2009

Time Flies!

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