Monday, July 10, 2006

A little behind... updating, that is. Ukraine has officially reopened for adoptions! This is wonderful news. For the months of July and August, they are asking prospective adoptive parents who are already registered with the NAC/SDA to send a letter stating their interest to adopt. They are trying to determine how many registered families they really have waiting, as opposed to those who have switched to other countries or pursued other options during the wait. There are currently 1200 dossiers registered with the NAC/SDA for international adoption. During September, October, November, and December, they will schedule appointments for previously registered families in the order of their registration number.

And what does this mean for us? *wry smile* We are not yet registered, as our dossier made it just a bit too late to Ukraine to be submitted last fall. In January, the SDA will start accepting new dossiers from prospective adoptive parents. Pros and cons... pro: Mark graduates next May. We anticipate that we will be able to travel after his graduation and before he starts a job, so he won't require any vacation time, and he won't have to miss any school! con: All of our documents expire by December this year, including our INS approval. This is the most expensive part of our paperwork (second to the HS, which only has to be updated and is therefore cheaper to redo). pro: We're taking a vacation in September which will be wonderful...con: We don't need the trip cancellation insurance we purchased "just in case". *grin*


Katie said...

I'm so glad you guys have some pros to mix in with the cons - we'll keep praying that God will move through this in ways you couldn't imagine!!

Diane said...

It's good to hear that there is progress and that the wait has been worthwhile! Hope you guys are both doing well and that finals weren't too painful:)

Tonya said...

Updating our dossier was something I had wanted to avoid at all costs, but once we figured out that it was inevitable, I was okay with it. At least this time around, you'll be prepared for everything and hopefully it will go smoother. I can't WAIT to see how things work out for you guys. God's plans for us are always perfect!
Hugs, Tonya