Wait, We Weren’t Supposed to be Doing This Yet!

For a couple who decided not to pursue another adoption until 2014, we were doing strange things.  Tricia never did stop looking at waiting children in China on the internet. I began looking for a new adoption agency, making some inquiries and asking others for recommendations. I looked at a few, and sent emails to a few.  But we remained committed to give it a year or longer before pursuing anything seriously.

By fall, thoughts of another adoption started to enter our minds.  After all, it’d taken us more than a year after submitting our dossier to China to find Rion on the waiting child list.  So we knew that it would take a while for an adoption to happen even if we did get started.  Meanwhile, Rion was starting to bond with our family and we were bonding with him.  He and Julia started to build an amazing friendship.  It was great to see him blossom and grow.

After our social worker recommended Great Wall China Adoption, we began to look at them more seriously.  They’re one of the largest agencies working in China, and they had private partnerships with six different social welfare institutes.  As a result, they have a bigger list of available kids than most agencies.

About six months after bringing Rion home, Tricia called Great Wall and spoke to someone in the China Waiting Child program.  They discussed the possibility of reusing some of Rion’s dossier which you can do if you adopt within a year.  (Dossier is short for lots and lots of documents regarding your life that take an endless amount of time and effort to gather.) But the child we would adopt would have to be a Special Focus child – a child with a more complicated special need, possibly an older child, definitely one who would be more difficult to place.  We were looking for a young (maybe 2 year old) girl, with minor special needs.  Kimberly, the woman from Great Wall, agreed that it would be pretty unlikely to find a child that would fit that profile, except, she said for one little girl’s file.  It had just come in that day.  She said she’d send us the file of this little Special Focus child.

We opened our email to find the cutest little girl just under two years old with medical issues that we definitely felt we could handle.  Our hearts just melted, and we almost couldn’t say yes fast enough.

Throughout our adoptions, God’s demonstrated that He absolutely works in the details.  We were not in any kind of hurry to pursue another adoption even though we were making preliminary inquiries.  We still can’t quite understand how Olivia was labeled “special focus”.  But there was at an error in her file that suggested she had a problem that she actually didn’t even have.  Tricia happened to call Great Wall before they made Olivia’s availability public.  Given her young age and her minor medical issues, it’s likely that another family would have quickly chosen her.  But we believe that God meant her to be ours and He just made all the pieces fit.