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I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us. Isaiah 63:7

Timeline October 22, 2009

Filed under: Adoption,India,Travel — Lori @ 12:26 pm

I just found some interesting information on the website for CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority) which lists the procedure for adoption from India.  (I am only including two steps in the process.)  These are the timelines they offer for their approval of a dossier and the time that a court should take to clear the case.

Step V) Issue of No Objection Certificate (NOC) by CARA

  • RIPA shall make application for CARA NOC in case of foreign/PIO parents only after ACA Clearance Certificate is obtained.
  • CARA will issue the ‘NOC’ within 15 days from the date of receipt of the adoption dossier if complete in all respect.
  • If any query or clarification is sought by CARA, it will be replied to by the RIPA within 10 days.
  • No Indian Placement Agency can file an application in the competent court for inter-country adoption without a “No Objection Certificate” from CARA.

 Step VI) Filing of Petition in the Court

  • On receipt of the NOC from CARA, the RIPA shall file a petition for adoption/guardianship in the competent court within 15 days.
  • The competent court may issue an appropriate order for the placement of the child with FPAP.
  • As per the Hon’ble Supreme Court directions, the concerned Court may dispose the case within 2 months

Well, isn’t that interesting?  CARA says that it will give approval in fifteen days.  Of course, I personally know people who have waited more than a month for their approval from CARA and I don’t think they were being asked to supply additional information.  Once you have NOC, the papers should be filed in court in fifteen days.

Then, they say the court “may” (not a very strong word) dispose (definition – to arrange or decide matters) the case in two months.  If this actually came about in this time frame, we would be looking to travel to India by February.  Once guardianship has been granted, then the orphanage can apply for a passport for the child.  They want to make sure that passport is in their hand before you arrive in India.

I am not familiar with other country procedures for adoption, but for India, we are already legal guardians of the child before we even travel to India.  The legal work is complete and the only thing you are doing while in India is applying for a U.S. visa.  The child has a medical appointment at that time for the visa.  It makes for a fairly uncomplicated time in the country.  You get to spend several days visiting your child, go to the U.S. Embassy to apply for a visa, go back to the Embassy in a few days and pick up your visa.  Each orphanage has their own procedure for getting acquainted with your child.  We were in Delhi for about a week last time.

With the girls, we spent several days going to the orphanage to visit and did not take them with us to our hotel until the day before we traveled back.  I think it would be better to have a couple of nights (or more) on our own at the hotel and to spend time alone and outside of the environment of the orphanage.  We will find out when we get closer to making travel plans the way that this orphanage will handle this.

We did learn from Levi’s paperwork that he was born in Chandigarh – or at least that was the place of his first orphanage.  He was moved to Delhi when he was two.  This may have been so that he would be closer to better medical care.  Chandigarh has an interesting history, if you are interested, click on the name of the town for a link to some information.

When we traveled to India to bring home Kalindi and Kira, we spent a day traveling to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatepur Sikri.  We spent the night and drove back the next day.  We really enjoyed the trip, but it did take away two days we could spend with the girls because they wouldn’t let us take them with us.

We aren’t sure if we will take any side trips this time.  It would be interesting to see Chandigarh, but there is a lot to see in Jaipur as well.  However, it might be best to spend as much time as possible with Levi in Delhi. 

We hope to bring the kids back to India when they are older so that they can experience their country and remain attached to their roots.  What we have learned about the girls is that they have little knowledge of India.  We want them to be proud of their heritage, we want to provide them with history, culture, customs, and eventually with the ability to experience it firsthand. 

We appreciate your continued prayers for Levi’s adoption process!


Newport! September 21, 2009

Filed under: Family,Life,Photos,Quotes,Travel — Lori @ 10:17 pm

We just had a lovely four day vacation camping at Newport on the Oregon coast.  The girls love playing on the beach and they got to play in the sand and water to their hearts’ content!

IMG_9868We also spent time at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.  There are so many great exhibits there.  My personal favorites are the jellyfish and also the exhibits on life you find in tide pools.  What I always think about as I look at these amazing and unique creatures, is what a creative and magnificent God Who made them!

We could not have asked for better weather.  It is always a gamble at the coast, but we have found that September and even October can be great months to visit the beach.

Here are some photos from the Oregon Coast Aquarium:

Strawberry Anenome

Strawberry AnenomeJellyfish

If you are interested in more pictures of our trip to the beach, you can see them here in my Flickr album entitled “Newport”.
I am reading a book entitled, “A Chance to Die, The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael” by Elisabeth Elliot.  It is a thought provoking book and I have many thoughts on it I intend to blog about.  But, for now I will leave you with a quote of Amy Carmichael from the book,
“Satan is so much more in earnest than we are – he buys up the opportunity while we are wondering how much it will cost.”
It is now back to school and regular life!  Have a great week.  Lori

Photos of Our India Trip November 10, 2008

Filed under: Adoption,Faith,Family,Travel — Lori @ 2:54 pm
 [Post edited – added links to photo albums at the end]  I am hoping that I can use this blog to encourage people who may have thought of international adoption – especially of older children and/or siblings.  It can be hard to imagine doing something that sounds so unusual as to bring children into your home who have lived part of their conscious childhood with another family and/or in an institution.  In case you don’t know our timeline, we traveled to New Delhi in February, 2008, so our girls have been with us for almost nine months.
I am here to tell you that if God is calling you to do this – do not ignore Him!  You know how God is, He calls us to do things or to walk a certain path and it does require work and it changes us and teaches us and prunes us, but God always has many more blessings for us than heartache.  If God calls you to adopt older children, you can be SURE that He will equip you and give you the strength you need to accomplish the task and you will be blessed beyond your expectations.
I have been shocked at how quickly I fell head over heels in love with our new daughters.  At around four or five months in our home I knew that I felt about them the exact same way I felt about our birth children.  Sometimes I laugh with Kevin about the “Children’s Manual” that I am sure exists all around the world and every child memorizes it in their own language.  They all come up with the same things no matter if they were born in Oregon or New Delhi!
I won’t lie and say there aren’t hurdles to cross.  When a child comes from another culture you have ideas coming out of their head that don’t mesh with your worldview.  In our experience, though, I have seen that our girls want to adopt our culture and our ideas and our values as their own.  Children just want someone to lead them and tell them what is right.  You are also dealing with past hurt or rejection in their lives.  But, God will give you all that you need to be able to handle these things.
These kids also want someone to love them and show them that they have value as children of God.  It is a privilege to be able to take a very small portion of the millions of orphans in this world and personally give them food, shelter, clothing, education, fun, and most of all love and affection.  These are all things they may not have had much of in their lives.
The third and fourth floors of the building on the left is the orphanage.

The third and fourth floors of the building on the left is the orphanage.

Should you be interested in India I would love to share some photos with you.  Ask in a comment and I will send you a link to some albums if you would like to see more.  Going to India is an overwhelming experience.  If you have never visited a third world or developing country it will be a shock.  However, it changes you for the better.  You realize how fortunate you are and how much we have, but it also makes you want to do something that can help the lives of the people who live in these places.  From what I have heard, it is much the same in Ethiopia. 
The Taj Mahal
A slum near Agra
I hope you enjoy looking at them and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  If you want to ask something private just ask me in a comment to email you and I would be glad to do that.
James 1:27  Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:  to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
If you want to see more photos of New Dehli you can see them here.  I have an album of Agra too.

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