Just a few new pieces of adoption-related information:
1. Our agency (WHFC) is working on developing relationships with orphanages in the Afar region of Ethiopia, which is in the northeastern part of the country. In recent times most of the children adopted through our agency (and, actually, from Ethiopia, period) have been from the southern part of the country.
2. Our home study update should be finalized today, changing our requested age range from 0-12 months to 0-18 months (at time of referral).
3. Our agency’s estimated wait time for children in our age range is now 22-28 months. We will hit month #20 next week, so we are definitely getting closer. I’m still keeping my mental focus on a referral this fall, which I think is fairly reasonable and realistic. But then again, who knows?
4. In not-so-great news, we learned yesterday that some of our adoption fees are going up. I don’t talk much about the cost of our adoption on this blog – for a variety of reasons – and I’m not going to complain [much] about this increase. I understand that things change and that expenses go up. I really do. But, it’s never fun when those expenses are passed along, and between this, a previous round of increases about 18 months ago, and the additional trip to Ethiopia that is now required, this adoption is going to cost us a lot more than we had originally planned. But, we know it will be worth every single penny in the end, and we’re thankful that we are somehow managing to afford this.