Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Latest adoption fiasco

Okay just when you think everything is fine and dandy, something else happens...

I received a call yesterday from our homestudy/post-placement agency Across the World Adoptions (ATWA.) They did our homestudy and we had contracted with them (a long time ago) to do our post-placement visits (contract required before travel.) Way back in December, when we received this unusual referral, our agency (AAI) contacted them to verify that they are licensed to do our post-placement because now it is an interstate issue (since AAI, located in Washington state, had those other adoptive parents relinquish the boys to them. So instead of being an international adoption, we are now "technically" adopting the boys from our agency in Washington. I know, it's confusing and I still don't get it.) So ATWA said yes, they can still do the post-placement.

Back to the phone call. Apparently whoever at ATWA told AAI that they were licensed to do the interstate adoption was wrong. They are in fact NOT able to do that. ATWA dropped this in my lap one week from when we're supposed to be traveling. AAI has some forms ready to FEDEX overnight to whatever agency we go with for the post-placement.

So it is NOT EASY trying to find someone who can do this, who even knows anything about what interstate adoption issues are...I've been on the phone for two days straight, nothing definitive, and while AAI won't come out and say it directly, I think they will delay our travel if this isn't in order. Which I don't know that it will be even if we figure out an agency tomorrow. Because they would have to return these forms to AAI before we could leave.

We had a lead that fell through today (some agency COULD do it but they won't do anything to do with African adoptions--I have no clue why), and then another promising one that I hope will work out. An agency just told ATWA they could do this (and were going to call AAI right away to make sure they know the situation. Unfortunately Ethiopia staff at AAI leave for the day at 2:30, which I have decided is really frustrating!) I hope they pan out. This is just so annoying. I am running around trying to get things in order to leave, trying to clean the house and get ready for Anna's birthday party Friday night and order our prescriptions (which our doctor dropped the ball on once; hopefully he won't again!) and trying to take care of Anna...sheesh!

I'll post an update once we find something out!

4 comments:

Shana said...

I am praying for you. Remember, God's timing is perfect.

Jeannett Gibson said...

Well, just think of how sweet it will be when you finally get those boys home! Hang in there, it'll all work out...and I was serious when I said that I'm here to help out with even the most menial tasks! :0)

Brianna Heldt said...

Thanks for the encouragement. Jeannett I was actually thinking I needed to call Bob and Emilie Barnes and get them over here to clean and dust with their ostrich feather dusters...

Ahauna said...

Can you tell me if you recommend ATWA? We saw a baby online that we fell in love with but I can't get anyone to return my phone calls or emails. I just want to know if she is still available. This is throwing up red flags to me already.

Congrats to you, BTW!

 

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