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Archive for March, 2011


Bad blogger!  Yeah, that’s me who has woefully neglected this blog.

Our dossier has been sent into OWAS.  We are “in line” so to speak, awaiting a referral.  Our dossier itself has not been translated yet since they got some referrals.  They receive the priority from the translator.

We got some great news from the accountant the other night.  Seems that our Congress was a little busy before 2010 ended.  No, they weren’t approving a budget, that would’ve made far too much sense and may have been hindered for political reasons.  Yes, I’m cynical about what happens in that former swamp.  But apparently, the adoption tax credit was turned into a tax refund retroactively for the last 5 years.  So, we’ll get the balance of our credit from the previous adoption (if all goes well) which will assist in the present adoption.  Sometimes God provides in strange ways. So, if you adopted in the last 5 years you may want to double check this you accountant.

I’m not a big Third Day fan, not really a fan at all, but here’s their new song, Children of God, which addresses adoption.  This will help you pass the time until our next update.

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I was hoping to put a video by the agency up so people could see pictures of the orphange.  I’ll need some technical help getting it from wmv to a usable format for WordPress (YouTube, Vimeo, Google).

But actor and director (and Red Sox fan) Ben Affleck (who is married to the lovely Jennifer Garner) appeared before a congressional panel to discuss the problems in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and plead for U.S. intervention.

He proposed four steps for action, including:

–U.S. support for a comprehensive strategy to protect women and children;

–More U.S. funding for election monitors and other electoral structures;

–The appointment of a special U.S. envoy to the region; and,

–Developing a comprehensive approach to dealing with the issue of conflict over minerals and with armed groups, including rebels from neighboring countries, local militias and the Congolese military, that fight to profit from the mining.

What is important to me is whether or not the DRC wants help.  I know there are many problems that need to be addressed in the DRC.  But I don’t want this to be viewed as paternalism.  And frankly, our government is already spending too much money it does not have.  But at least Ben has spent the last few years making trips there investigating things instead of just reacting to a report or article.

 

 

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You just have to love the U.S. government.  Any government I suppose.  They have a language all their own which sounds so clumsy and artificial.

We got our I-171-H aka the Notice of Favorable Determination.  It is the answer to our I-600A.  The U.S. government is allowing us to adopt up to 2 orphans.  I’d show you a copy of the document, but the new Facebook Photo Viewer prohibits me from linking to it.  Perhaps I’ll find a way around it eventually.

Yes, we can adopt.  In the next few days we’ll be sending our dossier and a check for $2,000+ so we can officially wait for a referral.

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