Most orphans that are adopted come from 2 orphanages. That was the case w/ Sova Grace and I recently found out that even though we are adopting a baby- this will be her case too.
As traumatizing as it is to move a child from the only 'home' she's known to a new 'home'- it is a good sign that that child is getting closer to having a family.
Sova was in her 1st orphanage from birth till 3 years- but that orphange was not licensed for international adoptions, so once no one from India came forward to adopt her- she was moved a few hours away to a larger orphanage that was able to do international adoptions, where she stayed one more year.
Now for Ethiopia- once a child is brought to an orphanage they will stay there until a family signs papers stating that they plan on adopting that child (referral papers- hopefully by this fall for us! )
As soon as that child is 'matched' with a family then that child will move to (in our agency's case) a smaller orphanage which our agency (WACAP) calls the 'WACAP House.' The children there will all be adopted out through our adoption agency within 2-4 months...so it's a pretty short stay. There are usually only 18-24 children there at a time. Once a bed empties...another child will get the chance to move one step closer to having a family.
Families that have traveled before say moving the child to the WACAP house is a very good move...usually better care than the government run homes. So here's a little glimpse of the 'WACAP HOUSE.'
It's pretty surreal to see these pics knowing that within the year we will be walking through these gates to our daughter...
It seems like a lifetime away right now! Oh please Lord, hurry things up!
side note: the courts in Ethiopia have been pretty stagnant...there is literally ONE judge that handles EVERYSINGLE adoption case! Completely nuts...there is alot going on there right now concerning adoptions so things are slow. Surprisingly our agency still stands on the same timeframes that they gave us. They reassure us saying that things happen in waves and batches over there. Praying hard for some type of movement!