Monday, June 12, 2006

Report from International Adoption Doctor

I spent 45 minutes on the phone with the International Adoption Doctor. This is in addition to the half hour she spent on the phone with me LAST week.

Her assessement? This child is incredibly normal. So, all systems seem to be "GO." This child's needs are going to be dealing the trauma of leaving the foster family she has lived with since she was five months old. She gave me some book recommendations for Husband and I to read, and some practical ideas for what kind of pictures and books we should send Lan, during the six month wait for us to go get her. She talked to me about her own daughter, who came home to her at the age of 4, and what her experience was like with that child. (She (the adoption doctor) has four adopted daughters.)

I called our agency and told them we want to move forward, full speed ahead, to bring Lan home. They are calling our social worker to make sure that nothing has changed and telling her the details about Lan, and we should (knock on wood) have the final official paperwork within the next three days.

I also asked what prospects there were for the sixteen month old child, the child with the same medical condition that Lan may or may not have. They verified that we could only adopt one of the girls, and that it made more sense for us to choose Lan, since we would not have to update our homestudy for her, but, we would have had to get an updated homestudy to adopt the sixteen month old (she is younger than we initially stated in our homestudy interviews, so, our homestudy approves us for a "3 to 5 year old".) I am praying they find a home for her soon. If you are the praying sort, keep her in your thoughts.

Well, it's time for Anthony Bourdain on the travel channel. Must go.



Blogger Ryan and Heather said...

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could hug you!!!!!!!!!!!! How exciting! What city is Lan in? why will it take another 6 months to bring her home??

Oh and I LOVE Anthony, we TiVO him and watch him all the time. Tonight he's in Korea! I'm so excited to see it!

Monday, June 12, 2006 11:35:00 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! I am so psyched for you and for Lan! Hey, I want the details on what books she recommended for you and what books/pics she recommended for Lan... I need new ideas! :-)

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 12:24:00 AM  
Blogger LawMommy said...

Lan is in DaNang. It will take us six months to go get her because our agency doesn't have us start us dossier until they have identified a child for the family, so, now we have to get all our dossier documents, send them to our agency, who sends them to the Vietnamese embassy, etc. So, we are happy to know who our daugther is, and sad it will take so long to get her!


Tuesday, June 13, 2006 9:59:00 AM  
Blogger Robinson 4 said...

That's SSOOO exciting! Who would have guessed when you started all this that you'd be finding Sophie and not Samuel!!! And DaNang! That's where Corden is!
Have you read Toddler Adoption, A Weavers Craft? I really liked it and am going to re-read it before we leave.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Space Mom said...

Wow, that is great news! This is your child! How exciting!

How is Gabe with the news of a sister instead of a brother?

How are you with all of this?????


Tuesday, June 13, 2006 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am SO HAPPY for you guys- originally when this whole thing started you were thinking "girl"- I am very glad you found a healthy child to complete your family!!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous anya said...

You sure do know how to bury a headline, sister!

Very exciting news - quite happy for you!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 6:08:00 PM  

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