Monday, September 7, 2009

Our Rwanda Adoption

Life has been very crazy lately and so unfortunately I have not visited my blog in such a long time. Finally I feel that it is time to begin posting again- especially since some exciting news is happening in our family.

We have been in the process of adopting from China (over 3 years if you include the time spent working on our dossier and waiting time). It has been such a trial waiting for this little girl to come home. However, although we are still waiting for China we are excited to begin adopting from Rwanda as well.

Here is our story.
Last April my husband and I were in Africa. While we were there I felt that we were supposed to adopt from Africa. I told my husband in Africa that I felt we were to adopt in Africa. However, our agency only works with China and I didn't want to switch agencies and also we thought we would get our little girl from China in the next year or so.

The day after we got home from Africa we got an email from our Adoption Agency Great Wall that they now will have another division called CAN (Children of All Nations) and they allow you to adopt from Rwanda. We then called Great Wall and asked for the most realistic timeline for China. It would be around another 2 1/2 years. Well, after some heavy praying (even though I already had received an answer in Africa) I knew that we were to get a little girl from Rwanda as well as our girl from China.

We put in our paperwork in April and got accepted. We then began putting together our dossier in May. Another life changing experience happened in May. My little sister (who was 30 years old) died. Although this has been a difficult year I am so happy that I can focus all of my energy on bringing this little girl to our family. We are going to give our little girl from Rwanda the middle name of Nicole (which is my sister's name).

Right now our paperwork is in Rwanda awaiting acceptance from the Rwandan Ministry. I will try to write up a timeline soon so anyone else interested in finding out information on Rwanda they can look at what our experiences have been. We know there are so many children outside of the children (and so many orphans in Africa) so we would love to answer any questions that anyone might have regarding adoptions.

We are hoping to get a refferal sometime in October or November. I will keep you all posted on what is happening. I also just finished her nursery. I hope to post pictures very soon.


my4andnomore said...

Congrats! I hope you guys get a referral as soon as possible. the wait can be extreme. I can't wait to hear more. Amber

Lori Printy said...

Hi I was surprised to see a post and even more surprised ti see you were adopting from Rwanda. Although we continue to plod along with GWCA we too did a concurrent adoption in Kazakhstan, it was the best choice of our lives. I am certain you will never regret following your heart to Africa.

I'm sorry to read about the loss of your sister. Naming your daughter in her honor is a beatiful tribute.

Best of luck in your new journey. Lori

Jen said...

Hi! We just saw your blog and wanted to say HI. We are also in the process of adopting from Rwanda, but without an agency. We wish you the best of luck and look forward to following your story too! Jen Bill Cropf

Alison McLennan said...

Hi Jaime. I found your blog through a comment you left on my friend's blog! :) My husband Tim and I are also adopting from Rwanda (we're awaiting the approval of our home study to send to USCIS now). Looking forward to following your journey! If you'd like to learn more about ours, our blog is Wishing you God's blessing while you wait!!

Lynette said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your sister.

But what wonderful news that you are adopting from Rwanda. Congratulations.

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