2nd Adoption Update

Friends, Family, and Neighbors,

On May 14th, 2014, we wrote our first Adoption Update blog.  In this blog we answered many initial questions, including, the "why" behind our adoption.  If you would like to read that, click HERE.  That said, it has been nine months since our last adoption journey update.  

As many of you know, the support we found from friends, family and neighbors was amazing - both financially and emotionally.  In fact, we started out with a goal to raise $25,000 (this does not include the  money we have personally paid in), and thanks to friends and family, we did it!  

So if we've raised all the hard money up front, finished all our paper work, and ordered our life to do this, why isn't the adoption completed?  This is the purpose of this blog, to answer that question.

Good News: 

  • Major Fund Raising: All Major Fund raising is over! We still have some left, and we will explain that below, but all major fund raising is over!  And that is huge!!!
  • US Acceptance: We have been approved by the US Government, state of Texas, and our adoption agency 
  • Nicaraguan Acceptance: Best of all, about 3 months ago, we received notification from our attorney in Nicaragua stating that our home-study and the paperwork had gone before the council and Mi Familia and that we passed and were accepted by the Nicaraguan Government for an adoption!  

Now What? 

  • Why haven’t you adopted yet? So, often times, the question that follows the above information is, “if all that is taken care of, why haven’t you adopted your son yet?”  It’s not that easy.  Adoption is not a pick-and-purchase game, and that is a great thing!  One of the reasons we picked Nicaragua is because international adoption is a last resort for that country.  They will first try family reunification, then in-country adoption, and finally international adoption, that way the child we adopt was truly in need of a new family.  On top of that, we were specific about the child we wanted to adopt.  If a child is ready, but doesn’t meet our criteria then we won’t get notification - we won’t get a call until there is a child that best fits our criteria and fits within the demands of our family.
  • Paper Expiration: All paperwork in international adoption has an expiration date - 18 months.  We are now crossing that threshold, and unfortunately are having to redo much of the paperwork we did at the beginning.  This is the stress of the waiting game.  So, we have scheduled our next appointment to renew our home study for late April.  If we don’t hear word by June, then we will have to reapply for our I-600, background checks, and FBI  Fingerprints. Which means more money - not near as much as we had to raise at the beginning, but more nonetheless more.  So, we are going to start the renewal process so we are not rushing at the end.  
  • Financial Needs: Now that we are passing the expiration threshold, we need to raise another $4,005.  The quicker we can raise this the better.  The good news is, this will last us another 18 months.  But to be clear, the $4,005 covers more than renewal paperwork, it covers post-adoption expenses as well, such as flights back to the states and medical expenses (which will be plenty) for the new child. We have been given estimates, based on what we have raised and the remaining process, and the best number we can come up with is $4,005. 

If you would like to contribute, tax deductible, to the rest of the adoption expenses and our adoption journey, you can donate HERE at the ABBA Fund.

So, for now, we are.  In Austin.  Living.  Rolling.  Pastoring.  Neighboring. Praying. Waiting.

Amor Nicaragua! 

Matthew, Sarah, Serena, Ashton, Eden, Elie, and ????? Hansen