Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Good news/bad news

Good news (from Vietnam): Our agency finally made its first referral: a five and a half month old boy. Not to us, of course, but to someone who was ahead of us. The referral came from HCMC, which a a few months ago decided to require families to be open to older children, up to 2 years of age. So we decided to pull our paperwork from there and only have it in the other province in which our agency works. Since each province works almost independently, the really goods news will be when a referral comes from Dong Thap. And the really, really, really good news will of course be when we actually get a referral. Still finding it hard to believe that will ever happen, to be honest.

Bad news (from China): Rumors that the in-country fee for China has been raised from $3,000 to at least $4,000 and maybe $5,000. It's true that it hasn't been raised in years, and that higher fees might give an incentive to orphanges to make more children paper ready, but it still sucks that, because our wait got longer, we get stuck with the new, higher fee. Not to mention the extra $1,000 in I-171H renewal. Still, it's not official yet, and only some agencies/orphanages/provinces seem to be raising it so far.

6 comments:

LaLa said...

Yeah..I too will be happy when some Dong Thap babies are ready...You WILL be a mommy soon!!

The fee increase stinks : (

amy said...

I hope the fe increase will decrease the wait but who knows!!

How exciting about Vietnam!

Anne & Grant said...

We are really hoping to hear news about more referrals, hopefully from Dong Thap. ;)

B said...

If your agency got their first referral then maybe my Canadian agency is going to get their first referral soon too!
Glass half full.
Bring on the babies..

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theghelertertwins.blogspot.com said...

I had heard they were considering raising the orphanage fee. What a bummer.

Anne & Grant said...

Heidi-
You might already know this, but we are a LSS VN family. I would really love to correspond with you via email, if you are willing. My email address is agwinfrey@hotmail.com, and I would love you hear from you soon!
-Anne, http://mntovn.blogspot.com