Wednesday, April 25, 2007

First Homestudy Interview

So yesterday things really got rolling! Our social worker came to our house for our first homestudy interview. We need to have three total. She said that if we get our paperwork together quickly and can squeeze our meetings in then she'll be done in about a month - yeah!

The meeting was fairly general. She asked us some questions, but not too much in depth just yet. We talked about adoption in the community as well as the Ethiopian presence in the area (apparently there is one - we just have to find it!).

She also told us a little bit about a few other adoption programs and mentioned that to adopt a baby from Russia it can cost $60,000 and require 3 trips! Isn't that crazy?!? Apparently white babies are in high demand - some agencies are worried more about profit than these poor children.

Below I'm going to put in a video I found on someone else's blog about Ethiopian orphans. If you have read the book "There is No Me Without You" by Melissa Fay Green (which is just GREAT by the way) you will recognize Haregewoin (she is a woman who started taking in AIDS orphans and is the subject of that book). It is 20 min long, but if you have a chance to watch it, it really is very informative and inspirational.

We will keep you posted as things progress! Thanks so much to those of you who are writing reference letters for us. It means so much to have you all be a part of this process.

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