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Sunday, 2 September 2007
My husband and I were very sad to learn on Friday evening that our hopes of becoming parents through adoption from the US state of Georgia are at an end. Our agency called us to let us know that due to implementation of the Hague Convention we are no longer able to adopt through their services. This affects three other Canadian families in their agency's program.
Don't get me wrong, the Hague is an important piece of legislation as pertains to international adoption and child protection from exploitation.
It is just that we entered the program in the US before its implementation with assurances that it would not affect our adoption, we would be 'grandfathered' in. However, the State Department has ended all adoptions out of the US which were to be performed through the work of an agency. Now all potential birthmothers must find their own adopting family and a number of other new restrictions apply, moving this option beyond our reach, emotionally and financially. The agency went to bat for its remaining families but was defeated.
So now, after a year of working and praying and hoping, picturing our little one, preparing our family and our home, we are out the door and back at square one. No longer expecting a baby, it feels like a loss, it is a loss. And we are saddened. Not angry, because we know that God has a plan for our family and it will come together as it should, but saddened for this closed door and finished dream.
We will still adopt. We just need time to rally ourselves and find the new direction. I expect we will move to adopt domestically and pursue setting our paperwork in order ASAP.


Cara said...

I'm so sorry, Lori. I sooooo wish that adoption was easier for the 'good' people.

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