Today we were notified that the officials in Isabel’s district did indeed meet and that we are APPROVED to adopt her. It is now a done deal.
I cried SO hard when the email came. This has been a long time coming, and this process has us really putting our hearts on the line. We got really far in before we knew whether or not we would be accepted. None of the other countries we have adopted from have a process that works quite this way. We understand why Colombia chooses to do it this way, I just didn’t realize quite how stressful this was going to be for all of us.
Maybe that made getting the email even sweeter though?!?
It was so sweet. It’s so sweet every time, but my older kids really understand what is on the line this time. They also understand what traveling is going to mean. They have the same nervous, excited, scared, hopeful looks on their faces that I imagine myself having every time I talk about traveling to Isabel. It is all of those things. It is overwhelming.
Colombia sends dozens of pages of referral paperwork with our approval letter. That all has to be translated from Spanish to English so that they can be sure we are signing with all knowledge of everything Isabel will bring to our family. She was born prematurely. She is Deaf. She has a severe Congenital Heart Defect. She doesn’t walk yet. They need to write that all out. We need to exhibit informed consent when we sign.
In other words, we need to be #AllInForIsabel
We are. But, we’ll wait for the translations. Then we’ll sign and begin the process of making Isabel eligible for citizenship in the United States.
–FullPlateMom, who is so, so, so relieved.