Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This morning, I was asked by my Conference Pastor if I had any news about the adoption. At first, I stood there as silent as this blog has been, then I shared with him that there is news but it is a bit confusing. Our dossier went to Honduras in the middle of August to be translated. That process was only supposed to take about two weeks, we are now up to almost a full two months. We have found out through other blogs and our adoption agency that there was some restructuring in IHNFA (the Honduran agency responsible for overseeing adoptions). We heard rumors of the director being removed from her position, we heard rumors of a strike of IHNFA employees, we heard about a number of employees being fired, and we heard of a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. Some of these rumors are completely true, some are partially true, and some we just do not know. We were told that we should expect the process to take a lot longer than originally expected, so as a family we prepared to need to wait until the spring for our referral. A few days ago, Alicia found a blog of another family dated October 7. They had sent their paperwork down, expecting two weeks for translation, and with the news coming out of Honduras, they were preparing for a long wait, only to learn that their paperwork was translated (in about 2-3 weeks) and moving on for review. We are not sure why their paperwork was translated so quickly and ours remains in process, but we were encouraged that the process seems to still be moving. Yesterday, we received an update from our agency saying that there is a new acting director for IHNFA and they are looking to move the adoption process along. There are over 11,000 children in the process with IHNFA. Our agency said that the families in process should receive a referral before the end of the year. Lord willing, we will have a picture and information about our daughter before Christmas! Thank you for your love, prayers and support!