Yesterday we had our home study visit. I think it went pretty well and should be done quickly on our social worker's end. The only thing she has to wait on to complete her write-up is our clearances from DCFS...we were told to expect 12 weeks (!!!!!) for the clearances to come in. That seems ludicrous to me. Can you all pray that those will come in quicker than expected?
We were also given clearance to the Waiting Child List through our adoption agency. Basically, the list is made of kids who need homes NOW. If an adopting family wants one of these kids, they can be yours in a matter of weeks, not months. The only stipulation to these children is that they are older, or are a sibling-group (the Ministry of Women's Affairs likes to keep sibling groups together), or have a mild medical issue. As Peter and I looked at this list, we couldn't help feel sad for these children. These are God's children too, even if they're 6 years old or a set of brothers...why should one kid get adopted before another? It's heartbreaking. Want to know what is even more heartbreaking? One of the girls on the list is perfectly healthy, beautiful and happens to be part of a sibling group. Her brother and sister are both deaf, making them harder to be adopted. Recently, the littlest girl in the family has been begging her orphanage workers to find a home for her, she's become withdrawn and sad. The orphanage director approached the little girl's siblings and asked if they could separate the kids in order to give this little girl a better chance on being adopted. Can you imagine? The oldest sibling is 14 and deciding on the fate of her little sister. It is all too much to think about. Peter and I can do nothing in this situation because Ethiopia wants our adopted child to be younger than Lydia...no child on the list is younger than 4. Pray with us that these children will find their forever home, please. Looking at the pictures of these kids really does break our hearts, and we know that as soon as these kids get adopted, more will be put on the list. It seems overwhelming and insurmountable, but prayer is the most powerful thing that can be done in this situation-please pray!