Change of Request

ETHIOPIA UPDATE:
The rainy season is quickly approaching which means courts will close for a couple months or so until rainy season is over. There is no set date as of right now to when courts will close, but it is usually some time in mid August, and they usually reopen some time in October. During this time, no movement will really take place in regards to adoption unless people have already passed courts and are just waiting to clear Embassy.

WOODSON ADOPTION UPDATE:
We recently met with our social worker to update our homestudy and to discuss some possible changes to our adoption. Jeffrey and I have been thinking about making some changes to our adoption request for a while. We have been thinking about changing our request for our child's age. Wait times are increasing and like we have told you all before, it seems like we have quite a wait ahead of us. On the unofficial list, we are 70 for an infant boy and 76 for an infant girl. That doesn't seem like a lot, but we have only moved about 20 spots in the past two years or so. We discussed with our social worker about changing our request from 0-12 months to 0-3 years old. This change in request will most likely move us 30 spots immediately on the unofficial list. Meaning this could help cut our projected wait time in half.  Now, just to be clear, we are not getting on a plane to Ethiopia any time soon; we still have a big wait ahead. Our social worker seemed absolutely fine in making the changes to our request, but we have to have our homestudy say that we are approved for this change before our adoption agency can change our request. We wanted to let you all know of this because this is a big change, and although we could still be bringing home an infant there is probably a greater chance that we will be bringing home a toddler. We know that this could bring a few extra challenges, but we are confident in our decision and excited for the next steps towards bringing our baby home.

Please continue to pray for us and for our baby while we wait to be united as a family. We love you all. Please also continue to pray for orphans around the world.


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