Month: November 2012

Do Not Look Forward in Fear …….

Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life; rather look to them with full hope as they arise. God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, He will carry you in His arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cared for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering, or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

                                       – St. Francis De Sales

Decisions, decisions

We have narrowed the search for a international adoption agency down to three: Gladney, CCAI, and Madison; leaning towards Madison. All three get high Marks; CAI & Madison especially so. We became aware of Madison after Marla at Full Circle in Northampton passed on a recommendation from someone she knows that trains or certifies people in adoption agencies and told Marla that they were tops for special needs children from China.

Sue Spoke with them on the phone the other day, felt very comfortable and impressed. Gladney did well when we spoke with them on the phone as well, CCAI, despite high reviews still has not responded to a earlier email Sue sent them.

Madison works closely with three orphanages in China with whom they have a very close relationship and better access to the children’s medical records. Which reminds me; I have to talk to Shriners about setting up a doctor who can review the records within 72 hours of when when we get to decide if a child we are being pared with meets our requirements and if we think we can meet her needs.

First Steps on the Long & Winding Road

Yesterday, with the first batch of paperwork complete, our efforts to adopt a little special needs girl from China became official. We have been looking at one young girl, named Yi Ping Na by the orphanage, listed also as Nina, who has a severe cleft lip and palate. We of course understand that there is a possibility that she may be adopted by another family before us; that does not really matter, what is most important is that she gets the corrective care she needs and a loving family who can help her grow, to flourish, into a young woman who can face the challenges of life with full confidence and the opportunities she would never have otherwise.

Marla, at Full Circle, gave us our first Orientation and will act as our local liaison with whomever the adoption agency we choose to work with.