Well, the short answer is that we are in the same place as September, 2011. Waiting to adopt a little boy, 2-4 years old, from Lesotho.
But for those of you that want some more detail…
First, the good news… the next matching meeting in Lesotho is on February
15th 20th.Yup – that’s less than 2 weeks away. The government is apparently striving for having more regular matching meetings again, which is a great thing.
Another good thing (sort of,) is that our business opening has also stalled so much, that probably Jason will be able to go with me to Lesotho after all. That’s a silver lining, for sure (More on the business stuff at some other point.)
But why haven’t we been matched and it’s been a year and half already? Wasn’t this supposed to be the quick and risky program?
Well, yes. Little did we know that the risk would be the program becoming the longer, stable program! When we started with Lesotho, they were having regular matching meetings and most families were referred within a few weeks of their dossiers arriving in the country for the scheduled meeting. A few things have happened since.
First, there were shuffles in staff, expectations and policies. Many of these new policies were designed to protect kids, but they were really hard to implement, considering Lesotho is such a small country and the orphanages, except one, are very basic.
The new policies were also in preparation for Lesotho to become a Hague Convention-compliant adoption program, although we didn’t know it at the time. It’s pretty impressive, actually, but Lesotho has managed to become Hague-compliant, and not shut down the adoption process. It did slow down to a trickle, but it didn’t shut, and I personally don’t know any other African country that has managed that. On December 1, 2012, Lesotho became Hague compliant. Our dossier was submitted before then, so we understand the dossier will be grandfathered. Of course, Canada and our agency are Hague-compliant as well, but our dossier was not built in that context.
Oh and the last stall was the federal election. In the past, they have had some pretty rowdy elections, but this one seemed to pass peacefully, even with a change in government. But as with any political change, there were people shuffles and it took a while to get everything settled out.
So there we are… 1 1/2 years later. Again, I’m glad that Lesotho has taken the steps to become Hague-compliant, but it has been hard to wait. Heck, this adoption has taken longer than the last one! The girls often ask if they “really are actually going to get a brother.” We reply: “We hope so!”
Cross your fingers and toes for us that we will be matched on February 15th!