Before getting down to the nuts 'n bolts of this adoption blog, I just wanted to say that our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by today's attack in Boston. I think that the people who commit these types of cowardly acts are fundamentally misunderstanding the nature of Americans, and will probably learn the error of their ways in the coming days. It's a thought I relish - to be clear I'm not bloodthirsty, but I am not above gloating when suffering by innocents is repaid in kind upon the guilty. One of my many flaws.
I digress though, it has been a hectic time, and we've been running in a few directions at once - further entries in the next week will shed some light on them. In terms of our potential adoption of a sibling group from the DRC, things are not looking so good.
There have been rumors floating around that Canada will impose a moratorium on adoptions from the DRC, which we have been duly investigating. Several Canadian blogs in Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan have all indicated that their adoption agency was advising not to start the process for a DRC adoption due to an ongoing gov't inquiry. After contacting CHOICES in BC, we were informed that UNICEF and International Social Services were the best places to get information on this situation. A nice chat with UNICEF followed, where I was told in absolute terms that they had nothing to do with any ongoing inquiry, are not involved in writing policy, and have never been asked to study the possibility of a moratorium on international adoptions. ISS never got back to me, which makes sense in retrospect, because if they did know it was coming, they could not tell me before the official press release.
Speaking of which, there hasn't been one. This in and of itself is not surprising, because our current wonderful gov't is well known for rolling back access to information and being the least transparent or accountable group of nitwits to darken parliament. So I may not be voting Conservative in the next election, which cannot come soon enough. What is disturbing about this is that literally no one in any level of gov't we spoke to had any idea a moratorium was coming down, until it did, and there was still no real announcement, it just happened. Continuing this rare (I promise) political rant, this bloody gov't is just about the worst fiscal managers we've seen, and are busy cutting services on a misguided and misconceived attempt to make 'small government'. I can't really give a good analogy for our American readers, but the current gov't falls to the left of Obama (he's not really a leftist, except in the USA), with touches of Ron Paul libertarian leanings, and a solid Romney level love affair with the national corporate elite. Deep breaths...
That leaves us high and dry, so it may have been just a little providential that we made the switch from CFS to AO, and thereby delayed our adoption plans a couple of months. Without those months, we would likely have passed on a $12,000 cheque to LBB, without being able to continue with the adoption itself. However painful, it's a bullet dodged - though no matter where we go from here it will add two more years to our timeline.
In the words of Yuliya:
"That really sucks."