A Setback…

We received some upsetting news this week…our agency, which has facilitated adoptions through Asia for eighteen years, is closing. Sad and stressful! This has happened to us before… we thought that because this agency had been around for so long, that they would be financially stable for years to come, but we are very disappointed that they will not be.

Will we still be able to adopt our son? Yes, thankfully. We are being switched to another agency. We had never heard of this agency before, but they seem very competent, and committed to helping families and children who need families. They think this process will slow us down, but we don’t know how much. We won’t have any concrete answers until next week, since everyone in China who could answer questions for us is out on vacation this whole week for Chinese New Year.

We had a conference call with both of our agencies (our old one and our new one) this week, and while we are very sad and disappointed to both lose the agency we have loved, and deal with more waiting, we were encouraged to learn some things about this new agency… one thing I was excited to learn is that their in-China facilitator is someone we know! Remember when we were in China last, and I got arrested (read about that unfortunate incident here)? Richard, the in-China facilitator, is the guide who helped us that day. He was amazing, and everyone we know who has worked with him has only good things to say. I am thankful he will be handling our paperwork, and we will get to work with him again in China.

We appreciate your prayers…pray for the rest of our process to not be overly drawn out. We are near the end of our adoption process, and we expected to be in China next month, and are still very hopeful that things might still move along quickly.


  1. Musings from Kim K. on February 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Wow! I'm sure it will all go well but I understand the concern.

  2. Melissa on February 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Well, \”ugh\” is not a dramatic enough statement, but it's what I thought. I am so sorry! Praying that things will continue to move forward and that you'll have your little guy home soon.

  3. dawn on February 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Adoption just isn't for the feint of heart.I'm so sorry your rollercoaster ride is getting bumpy yet again. Do you have any choice at all about the agency you are being moved to? Breathe, little man will be in your arms soon..oh, and a hug for all of you.

  4. AJ and Suzy on February 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Praying God will do the impossible and moves things faster than expected. Stay encouraged knowing we are praying for you, your family and your little man in China! Many HUGS! Susannah

  5. Stephanie on February 16, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Ugga mugga that stinks! …but the new agency sounds good and it's great that you already know the facilitator! God works in mysterious ways, here's praying that this is one of them and you'll be there soon!

  6. Paula on February 16, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Oh my goodness! So, so, so sorry! It WILL happen! This may not be what you want to hear, but I truly do believe things happen for a reason. Hang in there! I am looking forward to following your journey to little J when the time comes and am sending positive thoughts and prayers that it will be in the not too distant future!

  7. jessica on February 19, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Oh no I am so sorry. We will definitely be saying prayers for you all. I don't know the arrested story so I'm going to have to go back and read that! 🙂 Praying for a very fast TA!!!!

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