Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Meet Super-Truck the Beta Fish!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Cooper loving the warm weather!
Trucks in Rice!
Lunch picnic in our living room!
Potty Training is exhausting!
Coops relaxing in the grass!
My sweet niece Lillian!
Baseball with Grandpa!
First night in a big boy bed!
Last night in a crib :(
On a happy note I am SO happy excited that the Korean adoption program is moving again. SO many waiting mama's FINALLY got their travel calls today!!! I also discovered this week that someone I know that only lives 15 minutes from me who is traveling to Korea Monday...her daughter has the same foster family that Ryan had!!! She is willing to take some gifts to them from us! So excited!! Hopefully our homestudy will be sent soon too!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
He looks so little in his big boy bed!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Boy of mine...
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
We aren't included in this next batch... :(
This letter is being sent to update prospective adoptive parents who are on the waiting list for their home studies to be sent to Social Welfare Society.
Five studies will be sent to Korea at this time. Four of the studies are for either sex or boy. One is for a female and the prospective adoptive Mom is Korean of origin.
At the present time, almost half of the home studies already sent in early 2011 are requesting females. As you know, there are very few females being placed for international adoptions without significant medical issues. We will not be sending any more home studies requesting females until at least half of those families already on the SWS list receive referrals. Unfortunately, at this point, the length of time is unpredictable.
As you know, the waiting periods for formal applications, studies sent to Korea, referrals being made, and children coming into their new families has significantly increased in the last two years. In addition, children will be over the age of 12 months at time of referral and closer to 24 months when parents bring them home;
This is disappointing news for those of you who have been waiting but please be assured that AIAA is still committed to helping you create or expand your family.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I love that he has his little group of Korean friends that will someday mean so much to him...
And I love that I have this small group of girlfriends...
Who I like for so many reasons....
But love for one very obvious one!!!!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
On my trip to Korea last month, I met with the President of SWS and the Director of the Intercountry Adoption Department to try and assess the program for 2012. AIAA still has 7 children who are waiting permission from the Korean Ministry to travel. We also have 11 children who were either children with special needs or were referred in the last two months of 2011. All of these children will be counted on the 2012 quota for travel permissions.
As has been their policy for the last few years, the Korean Government will be cutting the quota for children being placed internationally by at least 10% for 2012. In 2011, SWS placed a number of children in the first 4 months of the year and had no more quota left. They chose not to refer any other children, except those with special needs, until the end of the year.
For 2012, the referrals will be spread over the year so the families do not have to wait so long for their children to travel. We are expecting to send new home studies shortly but in small batches depending on the number of referrals that we receive. At this point, we have no reason to believe that the families with completed home studies waiting to be sent will not receive a referral in 2012. However, as the year goes on, we will not be able to guarantee that they will travel this year. There is also a new law that will take effect in July, 2012 and it is unclear what impact it will have on international placements.
While these changes take place, I want you to know that both SWS and AIAA are committed to helping you fulfill your dream to adopt a child from Korea. We will keep you informed as we receive further information regarding the Korean Program.
Monday, January 2, 2012
My dad showing off his head stand skills!
Me and my pops!