We received word last week that our homestudy has been officially approved! We are not in the process of filling out various immigration forms. Also, now that we have an approved homestudy, we are able to begin applying for grants. This is a welcome change in our circumstances as we have already spent upwards of $20,000. I have had a number of people ask me how much the total adoption would be in the end, without considering the continuing care and appointments for Miriam’s current medical conditions once we are home. I have said all along that I thought the total would end up somewhere around $35,000. At this time, I am still not 100% sure what the total cost will be, but we will do what we have to do to bring our baby home and get her the care she needs. As you can imagine, we are getting more and more excited with every step and every approval.
Amy submitted the bundle of documentation that will become our dossier and we are working with the international adoption agency to determine what else might be required. Getting our dossier “logged in” is a huge step. It is somewhat different in our situation as this is usually a step before choosing the child. In our case, due to the event of discovering Miriam at her current state of health, we were able to get an approval from the Chinese government before our dossier was complete and logged in. As with any adoption, there are still many unknowns and we have no idea what to expect as we continue to progress, but we are hopeful and determined.
I have thanked the members of the Facebook group already, but I want to say here on the blog as well, that we are so grateful to those of you who have contributed to our fund or written a check. We are diligently working to ensure that we are spending every dime of those contributions on the direct costs associated with the adoption. We are also so thankful for those who constantly walk up and carry on conversations about Miriam and share in our excitement. Many of you are far more than friends or acquaintances and have become family over the years. So, we truly enjoy sharing our joy over these events. Your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes are fuel to get us through the tough times and there is nothing more powerful than genuine encouragement.