Updated: Mar 6
This is the post you all are waiting for-- and we are announcing it here first. We are officially matched with a child!!
In late November, we received an email from our social worker about a tiny fourteen-month-old baby's file that she "locked" for us. We sent the file off to a doctor that specifically does adoption file reviews. She poured over all of the medical records and then we met to discuss everything with her a few days later before officially moving forward. We are limited in what we can share online about her until we have her home, but she is doing wonderfully. Believe me, I wish I could share of picture of her adorable face as soon as possible.
We even got the chance to have a video call with her orphanage (called SAAs in India) this morning, where she is receiving amazing care and attention. We have heard wonderful things about this SAA, so we are thrilled that she is in such good hands. Having her caretakers refer to us as "mom and dad" was pretty surreal/amazing too.
You can check out the "timeline" page on this website to see where we are in the process, but I'll explain a little here. We have been doing two different processes this whole time-- the American/immigration side and the India/adoption side. Next in our checklist, we need to receive "originals" which are quite literally just the original documents of our daughter's file. We have more immigration paperwork to complete ASAP to continue things on the US side. Meanwhile on the India side we are waiting for them to issue a "No Object Certificate." Once we receive our NOC, we can file in court to legally adopt her. *cheers!*
We will mostly like not need to go to India for any of the court hearings, and we are not sure how long this process will take. It seems that currently people are waiting a few months for the NOC and then a few months to pass court. Honestly, the immigration side of things seems like it will probably go a bit quicker than the adoption side. Once we pass court and immigration, we will get her passport and fly over to India to take physical custody of her! From where we are at this moment, the process typically takes 7-9 months.
"What can I do?"
Please be praying for each step of this process! With all of the new COVID-19 variants, we are nervous that it could shut down India's court system again and delay our process. Her birthday is in early fall and it would be incredible to have her home before that. ❤️
We have had numerous people ask about fundraising and donations. We did a small fundraiser with earrings last summer (that actually covered much of our homestudy update), and we SO close to being officially fully funded! Woohoo!! We received generous grants from Adopt 100/Amy's Legacy Foundation (which is an incredible MN organization) and Pure Gift of God. We are continuing to apply for grants to cover the last bit of our agency fees and upcoming travel fees, but we do not plan to hold any fundraisers. If you are hoping to support, please look into one of these great organizations, because they made our process possible and they are helping other families as well. 🎉 Otherwise, we'll let you know when our registry is up and running. ;)