Our dossier is now on its way to Ukraine and should arrive by the first of next week! It will then be translated by our agency's in-country staff and submitted to the government for approval. However, the unknowns that lie ahead are huge. At the beginning of the year Ukraine started having a new committee approve dossiers prior to being officially allowed to proceed with the adoption of a specific child. This is after a family's dossier has already been approved by one organization, a child met, and referral accepted. Right now it is creating HUGE hurdles for many families who are in process or even already in country. It sounds like many dossiers have been rejected at this stage due to this new committee highly scrutinizing every piece of the dossier (after it was already previously accepted). Even though our dossier is already on its way to Ukraine, we are talking with our home study and adoption agencies about creating an amendment to our home study which would, hopefully, better outline the special needs we are approved to adopt. However, we are also currently unsure if the committee is even accepting amendments, like Ukraine used to. We do know the US Embassy is working on trying to get clearer guidelines from the committee on what they want to see, and we, along with all other families currently in process, are hoping they will give more specific information soon, so we can know what to expect.
Thus the waiting and uncertainty begins...Right now we are asking for huge prayers that all of this will NOT slow down or hinder our process. We are still hopeful that we will be traveling to Ukraine within the next couple of months, but trusting God's timing will be perfect regardless.