So for our first Asia reps, let's give a warm welcome to the Russell family. The are adopting a 5 year old boy from the Philippines. I asked Mom about the program and how it works, and I'm telling you, it seems like such an organized and smooth process. I am NOT any kind of expert at all in this arena, so totally don't believe me, do your research. But it looks well worth researching if you're just starting out. Here's a few things Emily had to say about it:
The Philippines is a GREAT place to adopt from. First of all, in the international adoption world, it is significantly less to adopt over there. You only have to make one trip, and it is only 4-6 days, which makes it so nice for us mommas that have to leave little ones at home! It is a Hague country, and they are very thorough in their medical reports. There is a very long wait for babies, but if you are willing to take a waiting child it is 6-12 months from the time you submit your application to the time you have them tucked into their new bed! Our agency (which I highly recommend) has whats called a pre-approval. If we find a waiting child we would like, they send the request to ICAB - the Filipino board of adoption- and ICAB chooses whether or not to pre-approve us for the child. If they say yes, then that child is on hold for us, while we get our dossier over there, so you don't run the risk of falling in love with them, and having another family get there first.
Let me know if you have any questions!
You can follow the Russells adoption as it unfolds over here at their blog.
You can donate right here. And you can watch their video right here.
***So far our running total is $640!!!***