We had a meeting with our social worker on Friday (we loooove her) to discuss what we should do in terms of the adoption. She works with both the international agency and the domestic agency that we would go through depending on where we end up adopting from...how fabulous is that???
Anyways, here's the plan. We are going to start the E******* process. It's where our hearts are. We don't know how long the process will take. If the slow downs continue, it could take 3-4 years to bring a baby home. If they pick back up to where they were, it would only take 18-24 months.
IF a few months down the road as everything becomes more clear we realize that it will be more like 3-4 years before we bring our bitty home, we will start a concurrent domestic adoption through a local non-profit Christian crisis pregnancy center.
The domestic wait time is about 2 years through this organization. BUT, because we are looking to adopt an African American child, it would probably be less. That part makes me sad. :(
Overall though, we are excited!!! Our application paperwork is almost complete and will be sent in Monday's mail. Then we will get to start the homestudy process.
I will be posting soon about a couple amazing friends of mine who have offered to help us with fund-raising in a BIG way.
Thank you all for your support as we go through this.