Wow. As I read my daily blogroll to catch up on everyone's adoption processes (and other sites, of course), I am more and more horrified about what this impending shutdown will do to adoption cases. I never thought I would say this, but thank goodness we are not caught in the middle of it all. We in the peanut gallery of The List, and for that, in this moment, I am grateful.
Right now, I am thankful that:
*Our fingerprinting is done. We received our approval notice in the mail.
*We aren't waiting on renewing passports.
*We aren't waiting on travel visas.
*We aren't waiting on Embassy dates in Addis, while our child sits in an orphanage.
*We aren't waiting on American re-adoption dates.
*I'm sure there is far more the government does once a referral is under way...we aren't exactly in that stage yet!
This shutdown will affect a lot of folks in pretty difficult ways. For adoption, things always seem tenuous and unpredictable, and this whole thing just throws a serious wrench in the already overworked system.
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