Welcome to our private blog!
This will be a bit easier for me, because I can blog openly about where we’re going and our experiences while we’re in Ukraine. Ukraine, yes, that’s where we’re adopting from, in case you hadn’t figured that out yet.
Ukraine is in Eastern Europe. It is an independent country, not a part of Russia. It does border Russia and culturally they are similar. Ukraine is also just Ukraine, not “The” Ukraine. “The” still seems to be lingering from when Ukraine was a part of the USSR.
We’ll be arriving in Ukraine on November 21 and we will have our appointment with the State Department of Adoption in Kiev on November 22. This is when we learn what they know about the children we hope to adopt and hopefully get their referrals.
Once we have those referrals in hand, we travel to our children’s region. Our children’s orphanage is in far Eastern Ukraine… their region borders Russia.
We chose Ukraine because it is a relatively easy and fast program. There are countries which take years to adopt from… I’ve heard of couples waiting and waiting years for a referral and travel date, and then the country’s adoption program shuts down. Our appointment date in Ukraine is less than 7 months from the date that we committed– very short.
So, there’s a bit about where we’re headed… questions?