I am learning a lot of adoption terms lately and “LOI” is a new one that is very significant to us right now. LOI stands for Letter of Intent. So far, our adoption is going a little quicker than most international adoptions and working on your LOI isn’t always one of the first steps you do. Before I get into why we are working on it, let me explain what it is….
When you choose to adopt a child from China, you must submit an LOI to the CCCWA (China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption). Don’t ya just love all the acronyms?! Oh there are a TON more you will be hearing of in the future. The LOI is basically a packet of information all about us (health records, financial information, pictures, clearances from the police department, a letter about how our family plans to care for our child’s special need, etc.) that we gather together and send to the CCCWA. Once they receive this packet they take approximate 2-4 weeks to review it and let us know if they approve our family to adopt the child we have picked.
Did you catch the child we have picked part of the sentence?! That’s right – we are currently pursuing a specific child and are trying not to get too attached just yet! We spent lots of time in prayer over this little one’s file and sought out several doctor’s opinions about how to care for this child if they become part of our family.
As I mentioned earlier, the LOI is usually farther down the road. Since we are adopting a child from the Special Focus list, we are not waiting to be matched with a child. Typically, families complete a home study and wait to be matched with a child before completing the LOI. Kids on the special focus list are generally older and might have more moderate to severe special needs so they are harder to place. If you are interested in adopting a child from the Special Focus list I would LOVE to talk to you about it. There are so many who are waiting to have families of their own and it broke our hearts to look through so many of their files and not know when they will find forever families. You can go to this list to learn about so many kids who need homes now: http://lifelinechild.org/adoption/international/china/waiting-children/
So, all of that to say, we are super super super crazy busy, although Landon appears to be quite relaxed about everything going on 😉
Not only do we have the labor intense task of getting out LOI together, we also are starting the home study process AND planning one of the world’s largest Yard Sales for this weekend!! (ok, maybe the world’s largest is an exaggeration, but it is going to be HUGE!). If you haven’t seen it already, there is the AWESOME flier my friend Bethany made for us to advertise our yard sale
If you are in the area, we would love for you to stop by! There is going to be GOOD stuff, believe me I am sitting in a living room that looks like it needs to be on the TV show “Hoarders”. We have been blown away by how many people that have given us their stuff to sell. We are so blessed by our friends and friend’s of friends who have donated to our yard sale….thank you thank you thank you!!
Landon is having the time of his life playing with all the “new toys” that keep coming every day to our house. He is gonna be quite bored after the yard sale is over. Here he is pretend sleeping in a snap and go stroller (if you need one come on out on Saturday!).
So, that is what is going on right now. I am learning that I need to have patience with myself and realize that there are only so many hours in a day and one little ole me. I think the hardest part is knowing that the quicker we get all this adoption work completed, the sooner we will get to hold, hug, and love our little one. I have to keep telling myself that I am NOT in control here, someone much greater and more powerful has all of this in His almighty hands.