Friday, June 17, 2005

Good news for Ukraine

We're not sure yet if it's good news for us. ;) In an effort to redesign their adoption process and how orphans are registered and provided for by the government, Ukraine will be temporarily shutting down international adoptions. This is only expected to last a couple of months, and there is no word yet as to when it will actually begin. Adoptive parents who have already submitted a dossier will proceed as usual with the adoption process, but at some time in the near future the NAC will stop accepting dossiers (just temporarily) from international prospective adoptive parents.

In some ways, this is really good. The new president of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko, is very pro-child, and is trying to improve the process to help more children be adopted. Hopefully this will help streamline the process and make things even better! However, we don't know exactly what's going to change. Our facilitators have advised us to continue putting our dossier together. It is possible that we would be able to submit our dossier before the temporary closing. Or that we would submit after they re-open, and still be able to travel in December. There is also, however, a possibility that the restructuring will change the required documents necessary to adopt. This would not be a huge setback--we would simply need to gather whatever new documents are needed and send them to Ukraine. Point being, we had a psuedo-timeline before, now we really have none. :) We will keep gathering documents and put our dossier together until we hear otherwise, and we'll keep you posted as we know more.

Please pray for peace about this situation, and a knowledge that God will send us to Ukraine when our children are ready for us.


Missy said...

I will definitely keep you guys in my prayers. Adoptions are hard enough without new legal standards by the country in the middle of it. I guess you guys have learned to expect the unexpected by now though, huh?

Pat the Bone said...

You know that you are always in my prayers. I have faith that God will use this to your children's advantage somehow. Keep heart...