Friday, May 23, 2008

Dossier Update


Good news this week! The wheels at the SDA are still turning despite the rumors of their adoption quota being met. Our facilitator, Valentina, told us that she expects our dossier to be submitted to the SDA in August, or possibly even July. We will know for sure when the SDA publishes a new list in early June.

"What does that mean?" you ask. Being the geek that I am, I calculated that the average wait between dossier submission and SDA appointments is 120 for other Cathy Harris families with 2008 appointments. In non-Ukraine-adoption-speak that means that we could travel to Ukraine for our first adoption sometime between November 2008 and January 2009.

The waiting is killing us. Until we were in their shoes, we never understood how hard the wait actually is to endure. Anticipation, nerves, name it!

Meanwhile, we are considering being trained as a respite family for Boulder County Social Services. Respite families provide care for children who already reside in another Foster Home. The length of time care is provided varies from a few hours to a few weeks. Foster Families use respite care for their foster children when they have other health care appointments, training, time away, special occasions, vacations and family emergencies. The first step is attending an informational meeting. Then we'll decide whether we'll take the next step - two full days of training.


Christine said...

This is awesome news!

Staci and Damon said...

Great news!!

Melissa E. said...

I remember walking through that door there!!! I am not a nervous person but I confess to a furious heart rate!

Coming out, I wasn't feeling much better!!

NOT my favorite part of the trip!

Doran Richards said...

Could someone from this list contact me? My husband and I are in the process of feeling out adoption from the Ukraine because we have had it on our hearts forever, but also because my ministry is taking a trip there ( and I am doing conferences and I would love to connect with orphanages while there on my 10 day trip. I have connections already, but want to make sure we know of all our options and can be supported by other families here in the states as we go through this proces. We are totally new at this but want to delve in and see what God has in store for our family.
Doran Richards
Any and all help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Kathy & Matt said...

Great news!

I completely understand your frustration with waiting. It was one of the hardest aspects of the process for me. We also had Valentina as our facilitator and our dossier was submitted at the beginning of Sept. last year. We traveled in mid-Jan, but there seemed to be more delays last year.
Hopefully you're wait will be shorter than ours.

I just kept reminding myself that God's timing was perfect so any delays must be for a reason. And it turned out to be very true!

Heidi & Felix said...

Thanks everyone. Your words of encouragement help us tremendously.

God bless you all.

Irina said...

All wait... I wait an answer from USCIS, you wait an answer from SDA :). Once it will have motion, let it be quickly and positively :)

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