First let me say thank you to those that left kind comments on yesterday's post. They are incredibly inspiring to me to hear your support(you have no idea). I can be funny, no problem...but to step out and share somewhat personal details of our lives...well, I'm not as good at that. But what I do know is that it can certainly all be used for good to accomplish His purposes; and hey, that's definitley what it's all about.
There is so much more that God has laid on my heart to share as far as our adoption experience materialized/our marriage/our family so now just to figure out how to do that...
Moving on to a Joey update of sorts. Through his orphanage's yaho* group, our agency, and other people with kiddos they adopted out of his orphanage I have been able to piece together some info about where exactly homeboy is living and what his life looks like.
First up, it appears that when his file said he was "moved to the family home" that they were actually speaking of a simulated family enviornment that they have constructed inside the orphanage and not a traditional foster home. Joey actually lives in a SWI which is a Social Welfare Institute. Meaning half of the facility cares for orphans, and the other half cares for the elderly. This differs from a CWI which is a Child Welfare Institute, which houses only orphans.
So, many orphanages have actually made some positive strides over the last years in facilitating these "family homes". It's truly a remarkable idea really. They take in some of the elderly to act as grandparents to these kiddos and sometimes the nanny and her husband?(haven't exactly gotten clarity on who the "parents" are) act as the mom and dad. Typically there is a group of children living in each simulated family. In Joey's case. There are 8. 8 children, two adults and two what they describe as "very involved" grandparents.
It does exactly what it is intended to do, simulate a family. It brings them out of the crowds of the orphanage, gives them some more focused attention one-on-one, and models what a typical family should look like. Think about that. These kids that grow up in crowded orphanages with only female nanny's around for 16 years literally grow up having no idea about the existence of, much less the role of a mother and father. Does that blow your mind? It did mine.
So as I mentioned, it appears homeslice is living in one of these, so he still does live in and attend school in the orphanage. So many things make so much more sense to me now. Beyond that, an agency(not ours) just returned from facilitating a camp in his orphanage. And lookie-loo at these pictures of his SWI that they brought back.
Remember his update said he likes basketball? Well...I can imagine why! Check this out! Our puny little hoop in the driveway is going to be such a disappointment! I think this is actually part of the park that is directly outside of his orphanage, but nonetheless. The agency said the kids are often brought out here to this park to play.
This one I thought was precious! I have been wanting to find him a super cute pair of Crocs once I find out how big his feet are. I just picture them lined up here everyday.
An outside closeup of part of the building
So that's what I know. So comforting to this momma's heart to be able to have some type of visual and more information as to where our little Joseph is waiting for us. I mailed his package on Tuesday so hopefully sometime late next week we just may know and SEE more!
We're comin buddy!....you may not want to leave that awesome basketball court but we're comin!
I am a forgiven sinner madly in love with my Savior and mother to many somewhat smelly boys who recently returned from China with our two latest additions Jacob & Joseph. Orphanage mates from infancy, 7 months apart and teaching me daily what real love is. 3 months home with Jacob and Joey I found Joshua. Blue, sick, dying and needing a family. 4 months later he was home, healed and leaving me in awe of the healing hand of God. Glory. To. HIM.
May 25th-June 14th 2011 - New Home study June 14th, 2011PA June 16th, 2011 - I-800A sent July 1st, 2011 - I-800A APPROVAL! July 8th, 2011 - DTC! July 11th, 2011 - LID August 1, 2011 - LSC! August 12th, 2011 - I-800 Approval August 19th, 2011 - NVC Cable August 26th, 2011 - Article 5 September 6th, 2011 - TA September 19, 2011 - Gotcha Day!
Questions? Comments? Encouragement? Want to know more about one of these kiddo's? firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Made the final decision to adopt after months of prayer
Friday, February 12, 2010 Signed contract with adoption agency and contract to begin home study
Saturday, February 13, 2010 Announced to friends and family that we were adopting through a really fun guessing game on Facebook. :)
Wednesday, February 28, 2010 Precious boy #1 File Locked! LOI sent in!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 First Home Study visit(though 99% of forms needed for HS completion are already done including requesting all state clearances....all 8 states....thank you Air Force!)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Second & Third Home Study visit
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 PA! (17 days from LOI)
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Fourth and final Home Study visit and lunch at the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate!
Thursday, April 16, 2010 All dossier docs county certified and Secretary of State authenticated! Just waiting on the home study!
Monday, April 19, 2010 Home study done! It's at our agency getting reviewed!
Friday, April 30, 2010 Fingerprints released from fingerprint purgatory(8 1/2 weeks for FP processing)
Monday, May 3, 2010 Final draft with prints sent to agency
Monday, May 10, 2010 Home study officially approved
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Drove to home study agency to pick up completed home study and overnight-ed I-800A to USCIS!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Found out Joey and another precious boy that we fell in love with months ago are in the same foster home and are best friends. Sent 8.2 million emails.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 All dossier docs except Home Study and Immigration clearance sent to Chinese Consulate for Authentication.
Thursday, May 20, 2010 Agency #2 says yes, they will release kiddo #2's file!
Monday, May 31, 2010 Found out all of our dossier documents were rejected at the C.Consulate. They don't take Fed-Ex right now.
Wednesday, June 7, 2010 Our dossier documents finally return to us. We decide to use a courier for the Consulate this time. It worked, over $300 and a week later we had all of our dossier documents sans the home study and I797-C forms authenticated!
Monday, June 14, 2010 am Sent our dossier sans the home study and I-797C forms to our agency for review.
Monday, June 14, 2010 pm Found out that we received a request for evidence. Our dossier isn't going to China this week. This was a hard day.
Monday, June 21, 2010 Request for evidence resolved! Our I-797C is on it's way to us and we are trying to get our dossier to China this Friday!!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Everything that could go wrong. Did go wrong. Our dossier is not going to China this week.
Monday, June 28, 2010 Home Study and immigration approval are with the courier! Our agency should receive it all on Thursday, dare I say we may be DTC Friday?!
Friday, July 2, 2010 DTC!
Thursday, July 8, 2010 LID!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:01pm Received a phone call that we have verbal permission from the CC*AA for the dual adoption. Cried like a baby.
Friday, July 30, 2010 After 9 days of both agencies working out the deets, we submitted the required paperwork to have his file officially transferred to our agency.
Monday, August 23, 2010 8:11am Received a phone call that the CCAA is skipping PA for Jacob and moving right into LSC "asap"!
Thursday, September 23, 2010 LSC X 2! (ASAP in Mandarin apparently means 4 weeks)
September 27th, 2010 I-800 mailed
October 27th, 2010 I-800 approved(adjudicator called to let me know, we haven't yet received it in the mail however)
Saturday, October 30th, 2010 I-800 approval arrived in the mail
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 Cabled!
Friday, November 5, 2010 NVC letter/DS-230 & LSC's back to China!