It was a little over a year ago that we signed our contract to officially begin our journey of Russian adoption. I was exactly a month ago that Putin decided to sign into law to ban all adoptions of Russian children to the US. It was devastating to us, and I know that the only reason I have been able to make it through all of this is because of all of the prayers and all of the support we have gotten. It really has been amazing to see so many people who have been praying and offering so many kind words of encouragement. We can't even say how much we appreciate all of that and how needed it was.
As the weeks have gone by, it has gotten less and less hopeful for us and our situation. By the grace of God, the Russian government has decided to let the people who have been to court and were just in the 30 days of waiting to bring their children home. Those people have been to meet their children more than once and have already bonded with them, so this is a huge blessing to be able to get them home. However, for those of us that haven't gotten a referral yet, it doesn't look very hopeful so we were left to make decisions about what to do. There are so many things to consider. Do we wait? Do we give up? Do we change to another country? I can tell you that it really was never an option to give up. We believe that we have been called to care for the orphan and truly feel that means that we are supposed to give a family to a child that needs one. So, one question answered...We know that we don't want her to feel like an only child, and the thought of waiting indefinitely for Russia to change their mind didn't seem to correlate with that. The boys are obviously getting older, and we just don't want them to be so old that they are so far ahead of her. So, that leads us with, which country do we change to?
I didn't realize how hard that was going to be to answer. I can't even tell you how many hours was spent researching and praying and talking about all of the options. Many countries were counted out for many reasons, and we ended up with a short list of options that fit our family. Because of the amount of time and money we have already spent, there were some countries that just weren't an option. We also considered the US. The foster/adopt system in the US is more than difficult to handle, and I couldn't bear the thought of fostering a child only to have them leave months later. I know that my heart can't handle that, and I also don't think it would be the best for the boys.
The question then became, newborn domestic adoption...which seems great. Newborn, not too expensive (that's a relative statement!), mostly likely healthy, and no foreign travel. But, we know we have been called to care for the orphan, and truly there is a waiting list for most of those newborns. It is a perfect option for many families, but for us, we don't feel like it is where we are called. It would be easy, but then when have things we have been called to do been easy??
All that being said....we end at...China. The current wait for the China program is something like 6 years, and that really isn't an option. So, we are now looking at special needs. We can handle many things as far as special needs, and obviously my training makes me capable of lots. We know that where we are called, we are equipped, so we can do this. We are excited to get started, and are hoping we can use at least some of what we have already done to change to this program! Please keep praying that things will go smoothly and we can make it through this process with less "bumps". We know that the little girl God has for us will come to us. The path may have changed, but the outcome has not.