Since our last update, our dossier underwent several checks by various staff at our agency, a few documents were redone as they were expiring, and our dossier was translated, re-notarized in Ukraine and submitted to the Ministry of Social Policy!
Travel dates are a little bit of an adventure. We have a pretty good estimate that we’ll be traveling at the end of October or in early November, but our official travel dates will only give us 1-2 weeks of head’s up notice before we need to meet with the Ukrainian government. It’s a little of “Guess what? You’re traveling! In 5 days!”
We’ve been covering our bases so far, in preparation. We’ve been working with a travel agency that specialized in last-minute travel dates (and has dealt with many many overseas adoptions) that will help to bring our travel costs down and help to make certain that we get there on-time. Steve has kept his office abreast of potential timelines and has saved up over a year and a half of leave time (he’s used just one day of leave since he went active duty in March 2016). We’ve also found a wonderful wonderful friend that has agreed to look after our house, our cats and our mail during our time away. And, the packing process has definitely begun to make sure that we’re not leaving anything important behind (like necessary documents, power converters, etc). After all, I (Audrey) will be in Ukraine from the start of this until we can officially come home — that’s 6-9 weeks in a foreign country!
In any regards, it’s getting very exciting!
Also, with more good news: all of the hard work that has been put into the grant process has finally been paying off in our favor. Through this process, we’ve met some truly magnanimous people along the way. Some of these people have come from enormous foundations and others represented smaller family foundations consisting of people that just wanted to promote adoption. We’ve been very fortunate so far and after the months of effort that have gone into grant applications, it’s been quite validating to see some progress there.
So where does that leave us?
As of right now, we currently have enough to pay our foreign program fee (the big one) and get TO Ukraine! YAY! However, we’ll still be working to get HOME from Ukraine and to get the kids’ passports and visas. Our financial gap is closing quickly, but in all honesty, we still could use some help.
How, you might ask?
Well, there are two routes: the first helps in the immediate term (but comes without tax benefits) and the second, in the longer term (and comes with tax benefits). While the first would help a little faster than the second, both would help these kids get home and adjusted.
So, first, we still have a YouCaring page up and running. We can’t thank you enough for helping us get this far and not have to delay timelines due to finances. That link is: https://www.youcaring.com/adoptedryderchildren-731436
Secondly, we have been awarded a $1000 matching grant through God’s Grace Adoption Ministry. This means that up to $1000 is matched by the foundation, granting $2000 total. Additional funds beyond the $1000 matching limit can be donated through GGAM to our fund and will still receive a tax benefit. That link is https://ggam.org/support/families-received-grants/ To follow this link, click on “Help Support a Family’s Adoption” and make sure to choose our name in the drop down menu on the following page.
While we still have a little longer to wait, we’re speeding towards the finish line. Until then, we’ll be prepping, continuing to apply for further grants, and awaiting the official dates. We can’t wait to share their sweet faces with you all!
For now, enjoy this photo of our “quality control,” testing to make sure that the twins’ beds are up to standard.