Sunday, May 20, 2012

An Overview: Where We Are, and Where We're Going

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by. We are humbled and honored by everyone who read our first post. Thanks again!

In this post, we are going to give an overview of our current situation. Mainly: where we are in the process, what country we're adopting from, what agency we're using, and what's next.

We just started two weeks ago, by sending in our application to Carolina Adoption Services. We have heard great things about CAS, and our limited experience so far has backed that up. Another thing we love about CAS is that their headquarters are only a few hours away, in North Carolina, and they provide homestudy services for North and South Carolina, which will be a big help.

We have applied to adopt a boy from the country of Uganda, in Africa. According to CAS, Uganda has more orphans than any country in the world. We have felt called to adopt an African boy for a while, given the hardship and poverty that is widespread, as well as the child soldier problem. We don't pretend that we can stop these problems on our own, but if we can help one child escape from these calamities, we will.

We are very excited to visit Uganda. Another reason we chose CAS is that the orphanage they work with has a guest house attached, so we can stay at the orphanage and spend as much time as possible with our child while we wait until we can take him (or her, if God wills) home. This was an amazing idea to us, as we hadn't seen that in any other agencies or countries that we had looked at. It will be a great time to bond with our child and get to know him and the culture he came from.

What's next? Well, next we'll have the homestudy process. This is a series of interviews, some in our home, to get to know us and our personal information, as well as make sure we will be good parents and our home will be a safe place for our new child. This can take some time, as there are several interviews, but we are excited. After our dossier is prepared, we will be referred to Uganda and wait to placed with a child in CAS' Ugandan orphanage. We understand this will be a long (and expensive!) process, and so here's what we need from you:

We need your prayers and words of encouragement. It will mean so much to us to know that we have friends and family supporting us.

Again, if you feel led to donate money or other items (we'll get a list together, thanks for the idea Kyle!), we would appreciate that so much. If you're not able to donate, we totally understand, and would just appreciate you reading and sharing the blog as much as possible!

Thank you all again so much for your time and your prayers. We'll keep you updated as we go along!

Conor and Carling

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