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Every Child is a transparent blog journal documenting our international adoption journey for a child.. aged 9+ from the Philippines.

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Other Tags: International adoption, Older child adoption, Out of birth order adoption, Adoption, Philippines

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  • Thirty Six
    on Dec 21, 2012
    I considered not writing this post because I am not sure how some readers will accept the information. However I have said from the beginning that this is a transparent account of adoption so here it is.Last week I came home from shopping t...
  • Thirty Five
    on Dec 6, 2012
    So Wednesday the 28th came and went which left us holding out hope for the 29th to hear if we had been approved by our department to adopt. In the front of my mind was the fact that we are applying far outside the usual criteria our departments...
  • Thirty Four
    on Nov 27, 2012
    On the 13th November we received an email to inform us the department received our (glowing) report from our assessor. The average wait for approval seems to sit around 2 - 3 months so no holding my breath to hear anything soon there! The process for...
  • Thirty Three
    on Nov 20, 2012
    Have you heard the playschool song 'We're going up we're going up as high as we can go, We're going down we're going down, we're going way down low, up up up up up up upppppp, down down down down down'I think they wrote it about a...
  • Thirty Two
    on Nov 8, 2012
    Refresh Refresh Refresh Refresh Refreshrestraiiiiiin-nup-refreshAn error has occurred in the system...Whooops.I just single handedly froze big-pond.Log outLog inNew email.thud thud thud thud thud thudWhat will it say?Has...
  • Thirty One
    on Nov 7, 2012
    Its been quite some time since I have posted. We have been waiting for the report to be written. We were told three weeks from assessment but then at the last moment our assessor decided the end of October. OK, I personally think four...
  • Thirty
    on Oct 7, 2012
    Whoa Nelly that was a week.After Tuesday's not so joyful email moment, Wednesday rose bright and clear and we were up and out of the house by 7am ready for the demolish-ers to do what they do best and rip the insides out of our bathroom. It still ret...
  • Twenty Nine
    on Oct 2, 2012
    I ended the last post with the good news that we had the all clear to proceed to assessment.  This technically never actually changed but once again the department has gone a bit over enthusiastic in trying to warn us against going ahead with ou...
  • Twenty Eight
    on Sep 24, 2012
    So when I last updated we were at the bottom curve of a roller coaster and not sure whether there was more track or if it was ride over. Instinct told me there was another corner but fear had me thinking we were pulling in to stop.Mind you I had no i...
  • Twenty Seven
    on Sep 17, 2012
    Roller Coasters are supposed to be fun right?!So this past week has been flat out. I have scrubbed the walls of the house, scrubbed the veranda, oiled the veranda and applied a second coat of oil to the veranda. I have painted the outs...
  • Twenty Six
    on Sep 10, 2012
    I have a dream today...I have a dream that my four children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character...I have a dream... welllllI HAD a dreamIt...
  • Twenty Five
    on Sep 4, 2012
    After a few days of full time concentration on the adoption I was so relieved that we didn't have to attend the seminar that I decided to not think about the process again for two whole days.Wednesday and Thursday were now free so...
  • Twenty Four
    on Sep 2, 2012
           continuing on....So that was it. No call Monday night. Tuesday would have to be the day I got some actual answers.By now we had come to the conclusion that we just couldn't afford to fly to the seminar because as each day p...
  • Twenty Three
    on Aug 31, 2012
    Where to start?This has been one crazy week.In the last post  I mentioned (in brackets) that I had written another email requesting the department to give us their reasons for us having to attend the seminar in writing. 'Fair enough request...
  • Twenty Two
    on Aug 23, 2012
    Strap on your seat belt this is a rough ride.Yesterday afternoon, 23rd August I received a phone call. It was from our social worker. As I said before she has a busy and unpredictable schedule. As a result she asked if she could move our assessment f...
  • Twenty One
    on Aug 21, 2012
    Two posts in one day!A couple of days ago I sent yet another follow up email to DHS as we still hadn't heard back as to whether we had to attend the older child seminar. This afternoon I opened my email to find that we do indeed have to att...
  • Twenty
    on Aug 20, 2012
    I have found since first letting the news out of the bag that we are adopting again that I get the same reaction almost every time.'Actually we are adopting again''Really? That's great! How exciting!!''Yep, but this time we are applying for a nine or...
  • Nineteen
    on Aug 14, 2012
    Tuesday 14th August in Australia.So two weeks ago I posted about culture and added a small post script with the news that our local social worker had received our adoption package from DHS and that she would contact us within two weeks...
  • Eighteen
    on Aug 1, 2012
    An important element of raising a child from another culture is to help them maintain their cultural identity. Because we have always lived in our own culture it is hard to think that a child raised here wouldn't just feel like an Aussie. A...
  • Seventeen
    on Jul 24, 2012
    July 24Yesterday we received a letter in the mail.I knew it was from DHS straight up.I have been communicating with them since 2006 and my senses are finely honed!Opening it up I read the formal wording letting us know that they h...

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