The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Pray for Breakthrough

I just heard from Donna about Pence's situation (if you need a recap, it's at the end of the post) and we need prayers for a breakthrough. It seems that every attempt Patty makes on his behalf gets thwarted! Although Patty is doing everything in her power to have Pence released from the hospital, it seems we have not made a step forward! AoH is now hiring a lawyer to handle Pence's case specifically. Please, please pray that this will be effective and that we'll see breakthrough happen now! And please pray for my family. This is so discouraging. I need supernatural hope, faith, and peace, friends. Pray that God will so fill us that all fear and despair would be driven out of us. Thank you.

PS--Pea gained a pound and is doing better! Yay! Donna also was able to tell me her 'mysterious' given name. It's Nyandanea--isnt' that beautiful!

The brief recap: Pence's mother brought him to the hospital with her because she was very ill when he was itty. She passed away there and the hospital didn't know what to do with a one-month old baby but to raise him on the pediatric ward, so that's what they did. He has been well-loved and well-cared for there. We applied to AoH in April 2006, with a note that we were open to adopting an HIV+ child. Donna called to say that Pence, age 2.5-3, was available. At the time, the Minister of Health had ordered the hospital to release Pence to AoH, so Patty felt okay giving us the "unofficial" referral in July when we finally decided we could handle a child one year older than our (only) bio son. Then, the hospital refused to comply with the order from the Min. of Health, so Patty searched out relatives to sign relinquishment papers instead. After a promising lead, it appears that no one exists to do this. Next, Patty sent her lawyer/judge friend (a US/Liberian) to come up with a plan that appeased the hospital and the new Min of Health and we sent letters politely asking the hospital and Min of Health to send Pence home to us. Then, Patty sent a social worker to look into the case, but this person never reported back. Each of these steps took months, but that brings us up to date. What's it going to take to get this kid out of that hospital?! Uuurgh!


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Round Two Timeline

  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued