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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

God’s Picked Her Out Already

I don’t normally read the newspaper, but last week I did, probably because school is over and this homeschooling mom is a bit of a wanderer for the first few weeks of having no subjects to teach.  So, the second page of the Arizona Republic is the international news.  There was an article about Colombia that didn’t include information about the FARC, so I was drawn in.  Seems there was a natural disaster near a mountain village and 12 people were killed.  It hit me like a ton of bricks (no pun intended)…. this could be a story about Zaza’s family dying and her entry into the adoption world.  Weird, huh? 

My mind can go a bit crazy with the multitude of scenarios that might make Zaza available for adoption at five or six years old…. too many kids in a poor family, young mother without means to care for her girl, brought up by grandmother who dies, car crash leaving child an orphan…. or a natural disaster.  We just don’t know.  We might not ever know all the details, but we do know that God has her picked  out already for our family… or should I say, He has us picked out for her.  That is reassuring!

1 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

A Crumb of Info

Yesterday we heard that in two weeks we might hear what our new number is on the ICBF waitlist.  That’s all I have for you.  That’s all they had for me.  We were #15 in January, so here’s hoping we’re a bit closer now.

Fundraising:  We are still selling the piles of donated media from the garage on eBay, but I feel we need some fresh and new $1,000 ideas for fundraising.  Anyone?  Bueller?

Add a comment May 4, 2010

New Updates

The latest ICBF list came out.  This is the most movement we’ve seen in a year!  So that is very exciting. Of course it will be more exciting when we are part of the movement!!!!!  The children that went home are listed in bold lettering.

Age of Child ——- Date of Application Approval by ICBF
Child 0-12 months —— May – 2006
Child 13 – 23 months —- May -2006
Child 2 years ———– Sep – 2005
Child 3 years ———– Jan – 2006
Child 2 – 3 years ——– Apr – 2006
Child 3 – 4 years ——– Dec – 2005
Child 4 years ———– Oct – 2005
Child 5 years ———– June – 2007
Child 4 -5 years ——– Apr – 2006
Child 5 – 6 years ——- Aug – 2007
Child 6 years ———– Dec – 2009
Child 7 years ———– Aug- 2009

We were approved in Jan. 2008, so we should be moving on up that ol’ list!

I spoke with our Colombian program manager today and he told me that our agency received two more referrals today. YAY!!!

Zaza, we’re coming, honey.  Hang on just a lil’ more.  XOXO ~ Mama

1 comment February 26, 2010

Media Drive $$

I did some tallying today and figured out that we have raised $996.80 through our media drive!  Isn’t that AMAZING!?!

We asked friends, neighbors and relatives if they had books, movies, music, games, whatever… lying around that they could donate toward Zaza’s adoption funds.  I have sold some of the items at a used bookstore, but mostly I’ve been selling everything on ebay!  It’s a nationwide garage sale where you make WAY more per item than a neighborhood garage sale!

Just wanted to report the good news!  Thank you to all who have sent boxes of goodies our way!  We appreciate your time and energy spent to help bring home our little girl.  And no, I’m not done selling.   There are still several boxes in the garage that are awaiting their turn to be seen on ebay.  Again, thanks!  From the depths of our hearts, THANKS!

Add a comment October 21, 2009

ADOPTION NEWS! Finally!

Three posts in a row…. unbelievable.

I talked to Beth, our case worker today and actually got some hard facts!  It’s the first news we’ve heard since Feb. 2008!  And I’m not typically a patient person, so imagine the duress I’ve been under for the past 14 months!  (Not really.)  Anyway…. the bad/disappointing news is that we are still only on the 3-4 year old list.  We sent in our request to be moved to the 3-6 year old list  a few months back… but alas, our file in Bogota has not been updated to show this.  So, as this time, there are 2000 families on the 3-4 year old list and we are #155.  They are placing 10-15 children per month, so that would put us at a referral summer of 2010.  Good grief.  BUUUUT, once we are moved to the higher age bracket, the number of families decreases and our place in line (Feb. 2008) stays the same.  So our wait time will be dramatically shortened. Yippy Skippy.

As far as paperwork expiring in that time, we are good until summer of 2010.  So we shouldn’t have to refile our I600A.  We will have to update the normal finance/work/health papers so they are current when we travel.

I’m feeling the need to take a Spanish class!

1 comment April 17, 2009

Wow! Posts Two Days in a Row!

The new list from ICBF was posted and I thought I would share.  This is copied from a GREAT blog by a mom who has adopted from Colombia, and I believe her husband is Colombian.  Her blog is: raisingcolombiankids.blogspot.com/

The most recent Wait List was published by ICBF on April 8, 2009. The ICBF Wait List applies to adoptions through ICBF only — not through CASAS PRIVADAS. This list DOES NOT reflect special needs children. The definition of special needs are children with disabilities, children over 8 years of age, and sibling groups of 3 or more. There also hasn’t been a lot of movement since December, all dates that have advanced are in BOLD and RED.

Age of Child ——- Date of Application Approval by ICBF

Child 0-12 months —— Nov-2005
Child 13 – 23 months —- Nov-2005
Child 2 years ———– May-2005
Child 3 years ———– May-2005
Child 2 – 3 years ——– Mar-2006
Child 3 – 4 years ——– May-2005
Child 4 years ———– Jul-2005
Child 5 years ———– Jan-2006
Child 4 -5 years ——– Jan-2006
Child 5 – 6 years ——- May-2007
Child 6 years ———– Nov-2008
Child 7 years ———– Nov-2008
2 Siblings 0 – 4 years — Mar-2007
2 Siblings 0 – 5 years — Jul-2006
2 Siblings 0 – 6 years — Aug-2007
2 Siblings 0 – 7 years — May-2008

 So there is movement in the 5-6 and 6 year old groups.  Our dossier was approved Feb. 2008, so hopefully our call will come soon.  As I think I’ve said before, when your name comes to the top of the list, it isn’t a sure deal.  ICBF looks at many families at the same time to find the right one for each family.  So our name could be at the top for a while.  Anyway, good news.

Add a comment April 16, 2009

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