The Next Stage of Our Journey…

31 Jan
Here are excerpts from our recent letter from our adoption agency regarding the next stage of our journey towards parenthood!
By this time you have completed your dossier and it has been submitted to a facilitator to submit to Russia.  The facilitator will then submit it to one of the regions they work with.  The region it is submitted to will depend on a number of factors. Some of these factors are your child request and the length of the wait list in each region.  Therefore, you will not necessarily receive a referral in the order in which you were submitted. This will deal in large part with the region you were submitted to, availability of children in that region, and your specific child request. 
During this time, it is crucial that you view it as a process rather than just a single step.  After having been very active in the paperchase, this can seem a very difficult task to sit tight and wait.  You have had a lot of control in the timing of your dossier submission, however during the wait stage the control switches to Russia, thus changing your role.  As your family coordinator my role changes as well.  During the paperchase process it was to guide you in completing the dossier by answering questions, reviewing documents, and assisting in the changes necessary. 

During the wait stage, my role is to communicate with you, advocate on your behalf where I can, assist you in updating and retrieving documents as they expire and as Russia requests, and to support you as you wait for your referral. 

There are several things you need to be aware of as you approach your referral.  It is very difficult to say exactly when you will receive your referral and what the referral will contain.  Sometimes referrals come much quicker than the average time while others take much longer than the average time.  You should prepare yourself that it very well may take much longer but be prayerful that it will be much shorter time.  Depending on the availability of children, you may not be referred a child that matches your exact request. 

You also may have to make a decision very quickly.  In this process, Russia has the control and you need to accept or reject the referral within their time frame and travel when requested.

You may also have to make a decision on very little information.  America World may be able to request more information but it is based on availability of additional information and the timelines in which we have to work.  However, much of this will rely on you discerning God’s will for your family based on a limited amount of information. 

Our hope is that this information will help you to properly manage your expectations and role at this time.  Please know that we are praying for you and that our heart is to bring your child home and into your family as quickly as possible.  During this time, we are doing all that we can to advocate for your family where possible and to assist in making this process as smooth as possible for you.  

One Response to “The Next Stage of Our Journey…”

  1. Lori January 31, 2008 at 5:42 pm #

    Are you requesting a boy or girl? What age?…email me at

    So we can chat.

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