For those of you not interested in the particulars of the adoption process, you may find this post a bit boring. So why don’t you watch this video and see if you can make it to the end without laughing. Or, watch these grown men act out a math class as imagined by kids. Actually, let’s all take a break and have some laughs.
Meanwhile, in adoption world….the case worker from our adoption agency went to India in February for the International Adoption meet organized by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA). I wasn’t sure what to expect, but if I’m honest, I was hoping for something exciting.
Thankfully, our worker is super organized. Upon her return she sent us an email answering specific questions and gave us a document she wrote about the particulars of the conference. A few things were particularly relevant and/or interesting to us:
-If we don’t receive a referral (ie, matched with a child) within 6 months of being matched with our RIPA (orphanage in India), we can be assigned to a new RIPA. In other words, if we aren’t matched with a child by May, we can opt to get on line at a new RIPA. This feels a bit encouraging as it means that it is expected we’d be matched within 6 months. I hesitate to jump for joy because it can be quite unpredictable; but it does seem like *positive* news.
-India is continuing to work hard to develop increasingly ethical and responsible practices in their care of orphans. This includes increasingly providing foster care for children, and not allowing parents or agencies to give any donations to orphanages, before or after placement.
-I gained a lot more insight into why child placement and adoption takes so long, why India has put new families on hold from registering, and the importance of special needs adoptions.
Maybe it’s the piles of grey snow or the fact that it’s mid-semester, but this “news” was less than inspiring. Even though I told myself not to get my hopes up, I think I was secretly hoping for something Super Duper Exciting. What is exciting is that CARA is prioritizing children, that our agency is responsible and communicative, and that each day that we wait is another day closer to bringing our child home!
[Don’t let these tropical photos fool you, Canadia is still covered in snow. Speaking of the True North, a friend of mine shared a video this week, and I couldn’t help but laugh. While I don’t condone everything, I love the spirit: Canadians are a blast.]