Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Although Mauricio always strives for positivity, the phone call did not yield the results we had hoped for. It seems that El Salvador is referring children, but these children are much older than our families are open to adopting. Our most recent referral was for 12 and 14 year old females. Mauricio has been advised by ISNA that they will not be giving referrals for children under 5 years old. This is very disappointing to us, as most of our families are waiting on children younger than 5.
Our hope to bring children home through local birth mothers is not seeing any progress as well. These children are looking at spending many many months in foster care, while ES continues to produce delay after delay. Our most recent child spent several months in foster care, only for the birth mother to come back and claim the child.
Our greatest hope for the ES families is to move over to the domestic infant program, or switch to China, which is a fast moving country with young babies. The domestic program has picked up greatly over the last few months and we are seeing several families travel to China within a year of coming into the program.
Again, we are disappointed and frustrated along with you at the manner in which ES is treating these children. We know there are orphans there waiting, and ES is not showing any commitment to them to find them loving homes. Please continue to pray for the door to be opened to these children to come home to forever families.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Did you meet with the Procuradora? If so, how does she interpret ISNA’s announcement of orphan children available for adoption?
She said that OPA-PROCURADURIA has been pressing to ISNA's Director, from 1 year ago, the releasing of the children for adoption. She understands the ISNA policies; ISNA can't state as adoptable any child, after a deep investigation, and they have no enough staff for doing the investigation in reasonable time. So, she celebrates that ISNA's Director is willing to cooperate in the clearing of adoptable children files, and they will work together in providing children to OPA for matching in adoption, specially international adoptions.
Is there reason to encourage any of our families to wait longer?
Procuradora said that our files in OPA will be finished on 2011, with no doubt, because she has asked to ISNA Director to celebrate joint meetings for clearing so many files they have pending; but the matching of children will depend of ISNA, and she hopes to increase the children files for matching received from ISNA.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
As we understand, the families that are waiting going to Joint Council will only be notified once the
Thursday, May 5, 2011
* Our three families are still waiting to be heard by Joint Meeting. Mauricio will again be presenting these three tomorrow. I will let families know if cases were heard and approved.
*Our matched baby, Jose, is growing and doing great! Please be in prayer for his adoptive family as they wait for his case to be completed.
*Continue to pray for referrals for our families from ISNA.
Monday, April 4, 2011
First, the three families that were slated to go to Joint Council were presented last Friday. This is later than the earlier date given, but we are hopeful that all went well at that council meeting! As SOON as I hear from Mauricio, I'll call you immediately!
Second, Mauricio is working with a new birth mother that is due in May!! Please be in prayer for her for a healthy baby and pregnancy and that she will be at peace with her decision to place the child. This baby has not yet been matched with an Open Door family, but when that happens we'll announce it here!
The O'Brian family still awaits to travel to El Salvador for baby Jose (who is a DOLL!). Please remember them in prayer that all would move smoothly and they would be able to travel early summer to bring him home.
Mauricio continues to seek out possibilities for local birth mothers, and well as await to see what OPA will do as far as referring older children. He states "I hope to bring children to these families one by one by the end of this year."
Thank you for your continued patience and prayers. I will update as soon as I have any new information!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Often it takes about a week or more to get written confirmation of approvals, so please be patient and I'll update you AS SOON as I hear concrete information from Mauricio. I'll call you!!
Monday, March 7, 2011
I spoke to Mauricio this morning and we are awaiting confirmation on the approvals that hopefully went through OPA on Friday! Several families were presented and as soon as I get confirmation, I'll contact individual families, and post to the blog. Mauricio was VERY positive, so let's hope that means all our remaining went through! I will let you know as SOON as I hear!
We are also moving forward with a marketing plan to reach out to mothers that may seek adoption as an option for their children or unborn babies. A plan is being put into place as we speak, and prayerfully, we'll see some fruit from these efforts.
Talk to you very soon!!
Friday, January 28, 2011
Which of our families are now approved? (Approved and active are in red.)
HOLIFIELD Approved but dropped out
KRAUSE Approved but dropped out
O’BRIEN Approved. Matched with newborn in ES – Adoption in progress!
HOLLIFIELD Approved. Previously adopted from
MINTER Approved. Switched to Open Door Domestic Program (waiting for match) – out of ES
MORGAN Approved. Switched to Open Door Domestic Program and adopted baby – out of ES
SANCHEZ Approved. Waiting for match. Will probably receive ISNA referral for two or three siblings
DEVRIES Approved. waiting for match
THOMPSON Approved. Previously adopted through
Which of our families will be presented to the next Joint meeting? Lowery,
Waiting for clearance from OPA: Wrobel and Purcell/Delahunty
What birthmothers have you found? While we have found and worked with 4 birthmothers, 3 of them made the decision to not go forward with an adoption. Only 1 chose adoption and that child is currently matched with our O’Brien family.’
What are you doing to find additional birthmothers? As in the past, networking with people, friends and NGO's (Non-Government Organizations). But really I'm hoping on the projected marketing plan being developed by Patricia (Salvadorian Fulbright Scholar). I think they have good ideas for reaching mothers and getting children in a massive way.