Sunday, March 8, 2009

171's, snakes, princess, fundraiser giveaway for Fadely family

Those of you in the adoption community know what a 171 is. Well we got our's last week. We didn't expect to get it till the middle of April. Last time it took 14 weeks to get this precious government form. This time we got it in less than 3 weeks! For those of you wondering "what the heck is a 171". It is a form you need from the government stating you are eligible to adopt and bring home a foreign born child. Now some might wonder why we have a 171 since this was no longer going to be done after March 31st 2007. Brook and I knew we would adopt again and I had been told about the new scary mounds of paperwork for the I800. Last year we decided to go ahead and submit the I600 prior to the March deadline. In Tennessee you have up to 1 year to submit your homestudy. We didn't start our homestudy till December and finished it in January. So what now??? We don't have an agency, we have a competed homestudy, 171, 1/2 our dossier done. We have really stuggled with the whole agency decision especially since we are doing special needs again. We really think we want to use a smaller more attentive agency - if you have an suggestions email away.

Heading states "Notice of favorable determination concerning application for advance processing of orphan petition"

Our girlie girl. I made the hat for Dr. Seuss day at preschool- remember Go dog Go - "Do you like my hat"

Is that really my girl petting a snake?!?

I am lucky to have a community of adoptive mom's. We get togther once a month for a 6:30am breakfast. It is a neat group of Godly women with much wisdom. One of the girls in the group, Tisra Fadley, has received her referral from India. She is a beautiful little girl with a blood disorder. Tisra and her family are doing a fundraiser/give away to raise money for the adoption. It is a raffle giveaway. Some of the prizes are a digital Canon Rebel xs, blog makeover, digital photo frame, wii, ect. Go and check it out. Here is a beautiful photo of her daughter (see below)- Makes you want to go to India! And guess what you can. There are 130 MILLION orphans in the world. UNICEF states that 43% of the children in India are moderate to severe underweight. Here are some other amazing statistics.
---One third of American consider adopting, but less than 2% actually adopt.
--- If 7% of all Christians adopted there would be no more orphans.
Jesus commanded us to care for the orphans. Maybe all aren't called to adopt but we are ALL called to care for them - remember James calls it pure relegion. There are so many ways to help.

The newest Fadley member, waiting in India

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