For those who have been wondering what is going on with the Baker adoption, we have had a little movement. Since adding Haiti to our adoption process, we have been able to see the process steadily moving forward. With each week it seems as though Courtney and I hear from our adoption agency. Granted, when we do hear from our agency it seems as though they need something else authenticated, signed, reworked, or need additional documents; but non-the-less we have seen movement, which is good.
With all of that said, all of our paper work (Dossier) for our Haiti adoption has been sent to the Haiti consulate. As soon as the consulate approves the paperwork we will be put on the official waiting list for a match! As soon as we are approved we will let you know.
Thank you for your continued prayers throughout this process. If you are looking for specific ways you can pray, here are a few:
- Pray against the enemy who is working hard to keep children from being adopted
- Pray for wisdom
- Pray for discernment, to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading.
- Pray that this time would prepare us even more to be the parents God wants us to be
For all who have been praying for us, thank you. As many of you know, the Congo has closed adoption for several months now and it is unknown when it will be open again. We are currently still on the list to adopt from the Congo, but God has also been leading us to pursue another option as well. With much prayer, and what we believe to be clarity, we are in the process of adopting from Haiti. Currently we are updating our home study and gathering all documents for our Dossier to send to (A dossier is a collection of papers or other sources, containing detailed information about a particular person or subject.).
Thank you for your continued support. We are excited about our next steps and hope update you more often in the coming months with new news=)
It’s been really hard to update this blog, because friends, nothing is happening. It’s just the truth of our adoption. It’s been a year now of being on the waiting list for the Congo with very little movement or information.
The DRC is still not issuing exit visas and until that time, adoption from the Congo is not possible. Over the last month, Chase and I have been evaluating other options. We’ve looked at programs for Ethiopia, Haiti, and domestic. We are still wading through information and praying for direction.
Although the wait has be frustrating, we’ve been able to see some really exciting things that have come during the wait. I’ve recently changed jobs and joined the team at Blood:Water. It’s been great to have a new challenge and join a team passionate about ending the HIV/AIDS and water crises. We are constantly reminded that we are not in control, and can’t fathom the larger story God is writing through our lives.
Thank you for your prayers.
I am sure you have been wondering about the Baker adoption process. I wish we had new news to share, but unfortunately the Congo is still closed. To be honest, we thought, just like all adoptive parents, we would have a child by now. Even though there has been no progress we still believe God is sovereign and He has a plan for us. Right now we are trying to be patient and trust in His plan. If I can ask you to do anything for us it would be to pray. Pray that the adoption process will become an easier process, not only for us, but for all those who are in a similar position as us.
I know you want more, we do to. Caring for orphans is a calling to all believers and should cause frustration when they are not cared for. Let this motivate us to pray hard and submit our requests to God so that He can do only what He can do.
This Christmas we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your gift of support this year, through prayer and through giving. This year we have so much to be thankful for. We were able to do a massive yard sale where so many of you gave generously. We were also able to transform Ms. Ruby’s house and while working on her house raise money for our adoption. None of it would have been possible without our community of supporters.
When we started this process, of course we were hoping it would go much faster than it has. Currently the Democratic Republic of Congo is not issuing exit visas. Essentially, you can adopt a child from the DRC, but you cannot leave the country with your child. Due to this, the entire process is basically on hold. We have discussed changing countries, but right now we still feel like the DRC is where we belong.
Even through the ups and downs of adoption, we are so thankful for you! We know when the timing is right, we will be ready!
As the country is working on changing their adoption process we wait patiently for God’s timing. Please pray for the DRC and the many kids waiting to be adopted.
I know many of you are wondering about where Courtney and I are in the process with our adoption. Well, there has been a lot of movement in the past few weeks and I am not sure where to begin. I will try and walk you through the timeline as best that I can.
- About two weeks ago we found out we are #7 in line to receive a referral.
- About a week and a half ago we were sent an email about siblings (brother and sister) that need an immediate referral.
- Yesterday we officially decided to pursue the siblings. The response was that there was one other family on the list ahead of us that where thinking about adopting the siblings.
- Today we found out the other family decided to adopt the siblings, which makes us #6 on the list now.
- Finally, after a roller coaster of emotions, we heard some heartbreaking news. The Democratic Republic of Congo has put a hold on all adoptions. Click on the link to read more.
We really do not know the timeline now. In fact, even though we are #6, it feels like we are starting over. Courtney and I are praying through what will happen next and we ask for your prayers as well. In a world full of orphans, adopting should be easier right?
Like you, we don’t understand the complexities of the process which include politics, family backgrounds, money, paperwork, etc… that go with it. Our world is broken, governments are broken, systems are broken, and the answer to all of those problems remain the same, Jesus.
There is no doubt on our calling to adopt, and we are still very excited about the day when we get to bring home our child and share him/her or them with you, but as for right now we wait. We are so grateful for everyone who has supported us and will continue to support us as we wait. I know you are probably equally as disappointed and frustrated as we are. We just simply need your encouragement and prayers for this season. We know the adoption will happen, and when we get a referral we are ready to go.
Also, pray for the other 40 adoptions that are in process that have been put on hold and the 2 families from our adoption agency that are in the Congo currently that can’t leave the country with the child they currently are with. Our heart breaks for these families as they also wait to bring home their children.
I hope this helps give you an idea of where we are. Thanks again.
Chase and Courtney
I am sure you have been wondering what has been going on with the adoption process. To be honest, it has been difficult to post because we still don’t have any updates. Courtney and I continue to pray for patience as we wait because we know we are called to adopt, but when? For those who have known people who have adopted you know that the process is more than likely longer than shorter. So we wait.
We will do our best to post more even if there is no new news. Thank you for your continued prayers as we continue to wait.