Monday, January 05, 2009

LittleOne (or, Moses is a girl)

At about the same time as we started actually waiting for Moses, LittleOne started waiting too, only she wasn't waiting in Ethiopia. I can't share too many details this early in the process (and because her country has advised against blogging) but LittleOne has big, beautiful brown eyes, and Miss I is delighted to have another brown girl in our family. LittleOne's adoption is a special needs adoption, and LittleOne is an amazing little girl.

I am amazed that we found one another, but now our paperwork has to do the same.

Practically, there are two major complications. The first is that LittleOne is waiting in a country with an often slow court process and a disinclination toward international adoption except for in the cases of waiting children. Documentation procedures are strict, and several court dates are necessary. This is a good thing, but it means that it'll take some time to bring her home. The second, for those who know international adoption, is that Ethiopia is not a Hague country, so adoptions are still processed under I-600as, while LittleOne is in a Hague country, requiring I-800as for all new applicants. We are a "transition case," because our original I-600a was filed before the U.S. became a Hague country and our I-600a is still valid. We have been assured by phone that this will be fine, but we'll feel better when we know that the new country has received our CIS approval. And of course, this all means another dossier. Minor complications involve travel: Ethiopian adoption is common enough now that adoption week is relatively organized and predictable (as predictable as international travel can be). Large travel groups stay together and help one another out. LittleOne's country is not sending many children abroad right now/anymore (again, a good thing ultimately), only Waiting Children/Special Needs adoption, so we will be a bit more on our own.

On learning of LittleOne, Dr.Bloom's mentor blurted out "Who the hell are you? Angelina?" It was the third or fourth time we'd been asked that question since we learned of LittleOne, but as Miss I points out, no I am not: "Momma has a chubby tummy."

So now you know. I have a chubby tummy, and I have another daughter. If only two governments will see it our way soon. We hope to have her home not too long after her first birthday.


kristen said...

Congratulations! I'm looking forward to reading more about your journey to bring LittleOne home.

When will you be able to reveal her sending country?

abebech said...

Thanks, Kristen! We're thrilled, but we know it'll be a long process.

The clock in the sidebar is set to her time :)

Juliette said...

I hope everything goes smoothly and that you can all meet soon.
Congratulations and Happy New Year!

kristen said...

Got it now! We actually were thinking about that country for our second adoption, but are going through Ethiopia this time around.

Can you say which agency you are using?

And again, congratulations. How wonderful for your family!

Heather said...

Congratulations!!! What wonderful news. I hope you're able to bring her home soon.

I'm confused about how you ended up adopting from a different country, but that's probably just because I don't know much about the machinations of international adoption. :)

Third Mom said...

Wonderful news! I hope things move smoothly for you. And now to see if I can figure out the country from the clock :)

LaLa said...

Congrats!! So happy for your family!

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhh, hearty congratulations. I am so very happy for you and your family. <3, Judy

Anonymous said...

I don't know if my last post went through, but I wanted to extend my heartiest congratulations to you and your wonderful family.

<3 you,