Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fingerprints, check! (updated)

We finally had our fingerprinting appointment this morning, so another (huge) task checked off the list.  Phew!  Traffic was far more horrible than usual, so we got there about one minute before our appointment time, and sprinted on in to meet….security.  Which, of course, we hadn’t considered.  Cory had allll kinds of tools on him, plus steel-toed boots and a metal plate in his arm.  The tools are now the prized possessions of the security folks, and he was wanded a few times (ok, get your mind out of the gutter) but we made it in on time, swept on through, got fingerprinted (biometrically, very cool) and are finished!  We should hear in the next 90 days if we are approved, and then we are on the Wonderful, Amazing List. And the real wait begins.
Things in Ethiopia are pretty touch and go right now.  Referrals still really aren’t coming in, although the agency is confident they will very soon.  The number of adoptions processed per day has dropped dramatically, so we are expecting a much longer wait than the 8-10 months as are now quoted.  However, for the moment, we just really want to be on The List.  
And now we are one step closer.
It's official that we are going to be waiting, oh, forever to build a family.  MOWA (Ministry of Women's Affairs) is officially dropping adoption processing from 40 per day to.......5.  Yikes.  Will it take 8 times longer to receive a referral?  No doubt.  Talk about a rollercoaster--the best day and the worst day all in one!  Good times.


  1. Wow--you guys are almost official! Congratulations!

  2. Shoot. That stinks. I'm really sorry, but glad you got your immigration appt done! Hugs!

  3. If I could swear on your blog I would. I'm really sorry about the wait. Here's hoping for speedy governmental officials!

  4. I hope beyond hope that by the time you get a referral the MOWA will have adequate staff to process cases quickly. It's ridiculous to make these babies and kiddos wait to be joined with their families. I'm in agony over this.
    But, congrats on getting the fingerprints done!!

  5. Oh that is just heartbreaking. I don't know anything else to say. Haven't you been through enough already. Sad sad sad. :-(((((