Timelines in Flux

Hello all!

I know it’s been a long time. For those of you who don’t know, our adoption process is on hold.
Andrey has begun a new job, and it would be unwise to continue in the process right now, when he would be the one to stay in Ukraine for up to 6 weeks.
We have lot’s of money saved (thanks to you all!), and will be using that when we start the process back up.
We appreciate all your support and prayers, and we will let you know as soon as we start the process again in the future.

We still know that we are called to adopt….the timeline is just different than we expected. ūüôā

-Andrey & Erin

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He Hears Our Voices

“I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.” Psalm 116:1

This verse truly captures our experience of this past week. We have gone from “falling into a foggy pit”, to having more clarity than we’ve had in months in regards to bringing our child home.

God first directed our attention to Ukraine, then He connected us with numerous young couples who have adopted¬†older children, and He has used one of those families to connect us to an amazing facilitator in Ukraine.(Ukraine is a non-Hague country, so adoption agencies to don’t work in the country, meaning you do much of the legwork yourself and “cut out the middleman”.)

My dearest friend prayed for Andrey and I just 8 days ago, and asked that God would “change the picture in our hearts”. Not only did He do that, but He has renewed our¬†peace, excitement, and assurance of this path we are on.

So, here we are. Continuing to fundraise, working on an awesome online auction with the help of many friends and family: (click the link and join in!) Kidd Family Adoption Auction; working on lots of paperwork for an Updated Homestudy to be approved to adopt a child/or a sibling group of two, ages 6-12; and then getting started on a new dossier for Ukraine.

Thank you all so much for your love, your support, and your prayers. Let us continue to be vigilant, and to fight to bring our child(ren) home….

“Orphan care is warfare.” -Tony Merida

***please take a few minutes to read this blog post, and this one that God significantly used to lead us to this point.

 

When you Suddenly Fall Into a Foggy Pit

Okay, so I am going to go ahead and share a bit of this craziness. I really feel like we’ve fallen into a foggy abyss.
Our agency is closing their Moldova program. 
What does this mean?

It means that we have the option to transfer our case to another agency with a Moldova program, and/or switch to another program within that agency. (Notice I have somehow managed to stay positive, even with the info below…)

Moldova is just not registering little healthy kiddos within the age of 1-4. The new agency I spoke with today has a lot of experience with Moldova, & they made me aware it has never been easy there.
HOWEVER: we still have options.
I was informed by our new agency that there is another country that would fit us well. We can also KEEP our case in Moldova & wait, or we can change our criteria of that case (age, siblings). The other POSITIVE is that we can keep our “case” in Moldova, and pursue adoption in this other country, because they are under 2 different immigration laws. Too confusing to get into here, but please feel free to ask if you have questions.
The bottom line is, we are going to continue in the adoption process, but we do not know which route we are supposed to take, besides maintaining some sort of case in Moldova. We feel foggy right now, with no clear direction.

To transfer our case to this other agency with Moldova, we need to pay a $1,500 transfer fee, & we need to renew our immigration approval in Moldova & update our homestudy. Altogether, we need $3,000 in the next month.

I apologize for being rather vague, but we have not received clear direction on what to do yet—which we really need prayer for.

Thank you all for understanding. If you feel led to donate, we would prefer donating directly to us in person or via mail, so that we can get the funds immediately. Please message me if you need our address.

Or you can click the tax-deductible link below. Let’s see if we can raise 3,000 together, by September 19th! I will keep you all up to date on total raised. Please share this with others!

Adopt Together: Tax-Deductible Giving

April Update

Hello everyone! 

We just want to give you an update on the happening this month. 

1.We are continuing to accept donations at our AdoptTogether page. 

2. We have some very fun fundraising plans in the works, and cannot wait to share in the upcoming month of May. 

3. There is movement in Moldova! A family that began the process to adopt older children about 6 months before us, have received their referrals for all 3 children!!!

We think this is very exciting and encouraging. It will take longer for us, since we have chosen to adopt a younger child, but we are optimistic. 

We also spoke with our adoption coordinator today, and she confirmed that, yes there are referrals and visits being made by families adopting older children. She also stated that the big step we have been waiting on, registration; is pretty much irrelevant at this time. The adoption agencies are actually receiving lists of eligible children every few weeks, and they are looking at each child, and referring them to a family if they meet the requirements-registered or not registered. Moldova is fine with this apparently, so this is all good news!

 

—-Look for another update soon, but in the meantime, please¬†pray for God’s guidance for our adoption agency to find Claira within¬†that long, long list of beautiful kids.And that Jesus would comfort each and every child on that list.¬†

Thank you,

Erin

When it feels impossible.

Today is one of those days.

One of those days that this seems impossible. One of those days you think of all the people who’ve asked, “why not have kids of your own”? “why are you doing this?” “isn’t it expensive?” “oh, that’s a really nice thing for you to do‚Ķ”

I have come to despise all of the above comments and questions. I get that other people¬†don’t get it.¬†And I’ve come to a point of being able to explain and answer questions with grace ( not of my own will or determination, that’s for sure).¬†

But today‚Ķall those doubts came welling up‚Ķall my fears that something will happen that we won’t be able to bring Claira home‚Ķall the anger at the fact that she, among ¬†millions of other babies, probably has already celebrated a birthday or a few with no mommy and daddy.¬†

And in these times, what can you do? Besides hitting the punching bag or crying (which I have done both of today), remember this promise-

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

So keep praying for us, friends. And for those of you in the same heart-wrenching process as us, keep your head up, and remember that He is for us, and for our children who are waiting on us. 

-Erin 

First Fundraising Goal

Hello all!

We are initiating our first fundraising goal this month: to raise $6,000 of our $30,000 goal by the end of March. 

Our dossier is currently waiting for registration in Moldova, so this means we are in the waiting game now, and haven’t the faintest idea of when we will receive our referral- but that is the next big step.¬†

Upon receiving a referral, our next fees are due to our agency. If anyone wants specifics on costs, please feel free to email me. 

Currently, we have paid out a total of $11,000. We took out a personal loan against Andrey’s 401K, and meeting this first fundraising goal will give us the capability to pay off that loan, so we have more money each month to save toward the adoption.

Prayerfully consider being a part of this, and make your way over to our fundraising page at Adopt Together to make a tax-deductible donation, and read more of our story. 

Thank you so much for going through this journey with us; know that your prayers are making an impact in ways we can’t even see at this time.¬†

His hands and feet, 

Erin

Exciting January Updates!

We have very exciting news…

Our dossier is finally being submitted to Moldova tomorrow! We then have to wait for registration, and then wait for our referral.

But for those of you familiar with the grueling paperwork process when it comes to international adoption, you know this is significant. We are very excited and are feeling very blessed that we are now one step closer to Claira.

We also are taking this time to really begin fundraising. Please see our previous blog for the link to Pieces for Claira.

If you wish to give a tax-deductible donation, please visit our fundraising page at- https://www.adopttogether.org/00817

All donations will go to us, but the organization does take 5% for processing/handling, and for tax deduction purposes as a non-profit organization.

Thank you in advance for being a part of this call to orphan ministry, adoption, and bringing little Claira home.

His hands and feet,

Erin

2012-An all girl's orphanage in Andrey's home city. Perm, Russia

2012-An all girl’s orphanage in Andrey’s home city. Perm, Russia

Our Journey So Far

This year has been a whirlwind when it comes to all things adoption.

I decided it would be best to do a quick summary month by month of the process up to this point.

March 2013- Applied for adoption through Beacon House Adoption

April 2013- Homestudy contract mailed, initial approval from Homestudy agency, first set of fingerprints, and began working on documents for our homestudy

May 2013- All homestudy paperwork submitted, assigned a social worker, and 1st homestudy interview scheduled

June 2013- all 3 homestudy interviews completed

July 2013- Homestudy complete, USCIS I-800A submitted for approval

August 2013- fingerprinting for USCIS, received templates/list of items to compile for dossier

September 2013- fingerprinted AGAIN, working on dossier, baby girl’s room painted and new flooring installed

November 2013- approval from USCIS!

December 2013- certifying and apostilling for 50 documents! Documents mailed to our agency Friday, December 20th

***Looking back over these milestones, it is amazing to see how quickly God has moved us through this part of the process. Feeling very thankful for this.
Hope to have another update for you soon. We’ve received word that two families have dates to travel this month and January, which is very encouraging news! Pray for swiftness and God’s hand on this whole process, and especially on our daughter.

-Erin