I can’t believe I have totally forgotten to post about our first talk with our WHFC case worker. We actually talked to her on October 30th, and before I got a chance to post about it, we received our USCIS approval the very next day, which totally sidetracked me. Then I started in with NaBloPoMo, and I’m scratching my head trying to come up with daily topics… and I was missing a totally obvious and relevant topic all along!
I was just reminded about this because the CW (case worker) sent us some more information today, including our official acceptance into the Ethiopia program. Now, we already knew that we were accepted as of the date of the USCIS approval (October 30th) and we had exchanged informal communciations about that fact, but this was our official welcome-to-the-program packet.
By the way, I’d like to note that it seems very strange to be welcomed and accepted into the program just now. Good grief, we started this process in March!
Anyway, our chat a few weeks ago with the CW was great. She is Ethiopian, which is just sort of cool if you ask me, and she had just returned from a two-week work trip to Ethiopia where she worked on trainings with the in-country staff. The purpose of the call was for us to get to know each other a little, so we chatted and told her a bit about us and we learned a bit about her. She laughed a little when Craig mentioned that he would like to try to make injera. (Injera is the flat, pancake-like, sour bread that is used in Ethiopian cuisine. No utensils are required in eating Ethiopian-style, because you use the injera to scoop up the food and then put it directly into your mouth.) She said that she has never even tried that and kindly suggested that we might try to find a local restaurant or another source for the injera and then try cooking the rest of the meal. I think Craig is taking that as a challenge, though, so be prepared for many future stories of trying to make injera in our kitchen.
We talked a bit about the long wait ahead of us, and she did say to be prepared to wait up to 18 months for a referral. Current families receiving healthy infant referrals are waiting 15-16 months. One thing I really liked, though, is that she wants us to talk once a month or so throughout the process. I guess I was afraid that it might be a situation where we’d meet one another and not interact for months and months on end, and it’s good to know that won’t be the case. I have come up with a couple of questions to ask her since we talked, so I’ve made a note of them for our next call in a couple of weeks.
We felt very comfortable with her and that’s so important. She will be our primary contact throughout the rest of the adoption process. I’m so glad that our first interaction with her made us feel like we’ll be in good hands.
Oh, and thanks for the feedback on the camera question! I’ve got some research to do, but this was a great way to get some instant feedback.