Last week I posted that we were in information gathering mode for our adoption of Andriy. So here is where we are at now.
This week we contacted an agency to start our home study and also listened in on a conference call with our adoption facilitator.
Here is what we learned. Our first step it to complete the home study. We now have the forms for that. After that our facilitator will take over and prepare our dossier. Then our dossier will go to Ukraine, get translated and submitted to the court system. After that we will receive our court date and make travel arrangements. It will take 2 or 3 trips to actually bring our son home. We can combine trips 1 and 2 into one long trip. More time in Ukraine is now required due to one more "official" sticking himself into the process. Please pray he decides it's too much work for him and he quits. The whole process will take about 4-6 months depending on how fast we are able to raise the funds and how fast we get the mountain of paperwork done.
That is the short version of the process. It is much more complicated than that but I don't want to bore you to death with the details.
We also learned how much it costs. We were shocked. We actually thought it was going to cost more. Many large adoption agencies have a much higher dollar figure for adoptions in Ukraine. We found out it is because they are really big and have a bigger overhead so that gets passed on to the people adopting.
So here is the approximate cost: $26,000.
We have to raise $1500 first to pay for our home study. The home study takes about 6 weeks from the time we turn in our paperwork and fees.
So $1500 is our first fundraising goal. The sooner we can raise that the sooner our home study can get started.
We are working on several fundraising ideas and looking into grants. We cannot apply for grants until our home study is done. Our first fund raiser is the Noonday Collection Trunk Show on January 27th at my sisters house at 6:30pm. Click here for details from my previous post.
We also want to put together a silent auction and will need a free or really cheap place to hold that and lots of donations like: gift cards, gift baskets, services (hair cuts, massages, photography and such) and just about anything we can get donated that people would want to bid on. My homework today is to nail down a place to have it.
As I find more fundraising ideas I will be listing them here and on our One Little Starfish facebook page.
Of course we can just take straight up donations if anyone wants to do that. They will not be tax deductible at this time. We are trying to apply for a program to be able to accept tax deductible donations but they only take so many families at a time. So we may not qualify. If you do want to donate at this time please let me know and I will send you our address. The sooner we can meet our first goal of $1500 the better. The homestudy takes 4-6 weeks from the time we turn in that paperwork. So time is ticking.
We did get a little massage from Andriy when he arrived home. He asked one of the chaperones to send us an email to let us know he made it home safely and loves us very much. He is so sweet. We sent a ziploc bag full of goodies for him along with the interview team that is leaving for Ukraine shortly. They will deliver that bag when they get to his orphanage to interview kids for the NHFC summer hosting program. We also have his address now so we can send him letters as often as possible. I wish we could write to him and tell him we are coming to get him, but we can't do that. We just have no idea how long it will take. At this time we don't even have confirmation that he is legally free for adoption. Someone is checking on that for us.
So for now we are praying, praying, praying and waiting for the funds to come in. We are selling a bunch of stuff on craigslist that we don't need too. It's been 11 days since Andriy left and we miss him terribly. I keep looking at his pictures. I'm trying to keep my eye on the prize: having our son home for good. It's only going to happen in God's timing. There is alot we can be doing and are doing, but ultimately He is in charge of this adoption and Andriy is His child.