GOT OUR DATE!

Greetings bloggers!  We are elated to inform you that we are scheduled to leave for the Ukraine for our DAP date and meet our babies for the first time.  We got the phone call yesterday.  Here is how we found out:

Scott: “hello?”

Adoption Advocate: Is Theresa home?

Scott:  “No she isn’t right now, may I ask who is calling?”

Adoption Advocate:  ” It is ______  _____.”

Scott:   “Oh, hello, ____, it is Scott what can I do for you?”

Adoption Advocate:  “Got your dates!”

Scott:  “WOW!  let me get a calendar…Ok, what are they?”

Adoption Advocate:  IT is Thursday, the 24th and you have to leave be there no later than the 23rd.”   “Congradulations!”

Scott:  “WOW”  thank you…We are so excited and I will call Theresa Right away!…Thank you so much, _______  Praise The Lord!…Take Care…

Adoption Advocate:  “Congradulations, Scott and will be emailing you later today…bye…

Scott:   bye:

There you have it bloggers, We are going in a week!  We thank the Lord Jesus Christ for all of your love and support.  Please keep praying for us, the trip, the babies and their future.  Not just their future but for the orphans of the world!

 

Because HE Lives,  Scott and Theresa

 

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WE ARE SUBMITTED!

Hello blog followers.  It has been a bit since we have written on our blog.  Our Summer has been in fifth gear and we now have great news!  As of June 19, 2014, ALL of our paperwork has been officially submitted in the Ukraine and we are expecting to make our first trip there within the next three weeks!  We praise God and are so excited to bring our babies home and raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord Jesus Christ.  If this news isn’t exciting enough, we have been approved by Lifesong For Orphans for a matching grant!  

We have included the cover letter on this post: Cianciolo_Church_Fund_Support_letter_(2)  Please take the time to read this letter and ask God what He would have you to do in regard to giving toward our grant.  We thank God for all of you and for your love and support as Theresa and I are constantly humbled that God deems us worthy of your friendship and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  

God bless you…Because He Lives,  Scott and Theresa…><> JAMES 1:27 <>< 

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The following is taken from an article in The Daily Beast written by Tina Traster:

February 1, 2014:

Ukraine Is America’s New Adoption Mecca

A year after Russia halted adoptions to the U.S. in retaliation for sanctions, neighboring Ukraine is becoming an attractive alternative for hopeful parents. But will the country’s protests strand orphans in need?

Back in 2003, when I was adopting a baby from Russia, I was never afraid our efforts would be stymied by shifting political winds, or by anything at all. Like many other adoptive parents, we chose Russia because—though the adoption process was grueling and expensive—it was a sure thing, unlike the minefield that domestic adoption can be.

In 2003 alone, Americans adopted 5,221 Russian children, about the same number adopted annually from Russia since 1999. It wasn’t until 2008, when other countries’ adoption programs expanded, that Russia’s started to fall off.

Then, in 2012, thousands of would-be adoptees were shocked when the Kremlin announced its plans to impose a ban on adoptions by Americans. While President Vladimir Putin said the freeze was due to concerns about the plight of adopted children stateside, it was widely understood to be an act of political retaliation for recent U.S. sanctions on prominent Russian politicians.

By the Russians’ count, the ban, now a year old, halted the pending adoptions of 259 children, including scores of orphans who had already met their prospective parents. 

For those who still want to adopt internationally, the former Soviet satellite of Ukraine has presented itself as an unexpected solution.

For those who still want to adopt internationally, the former Soviet satellite of Ukraine has presented itself as an unexpected solution.

Dieter Gilbin and Lisa Bartholomew are one such couple. The Hawaii residents had been preparing to adopt a Russian girl named Ekatarina. They’d already decorated the nursery for the seven- month-old baby. They sat in on monthly conference calls with the State Department for families caught midstream in the adoptive process.

“At some point, we knew there was really nothing more they could do,” said Gilbin. “Our adoption agency told us [that] Russian offices they were working with were closing down. They also said we could switch to the Ukraine and we wouldn’t have to start from scratch.”

Gilbin and Bartholomew grieved the “child they lost” and moved forward with a Ukraine adoption because of their intense desire to grow their family. (Gilbin has a 14-year-old who lives with the couple). They started the process last March, and on Dec. 19, they brought home their son, nine-month-old Maclain. Ukrainian law requires orphans to be at least five years old before they are eligible for adoption, but it exempts children with special needs. Maclain has a congenital heart defect.

Younger Ukrainian children are also eligible when they are part of sibling groups in which one child is at least five years old. A child must be registered for one year with the central adoption authority.

Bartholomew, a maternal fetal specialist who is familiar with medical complications, acknowledges the prospect of bringing home a special-needs baby gave her pause.

“It was something I had to think about,” she says. “I’m not a stay-at-home mom. I wasn’t sure what we could handle. We are raising another child, who is 14, and I didn’t think we could give all our attention to a sick child.”

The pull for a baby, that tug that allows prospective parents to take a blind leap of faith, propelled them forward. Unlike Russian adoption, where parents had received pictures and sometimes videos of children prior to traveling, parents go to the Ukraine to look through books with pictures of waiting children. When the couple was shown Maclain’s picture, they thought he looked like “a lovely, curious baby.” They spent six weeks in Ukraine before finalizing the adoption.

“He sleeps through the night, he has a good appetite, and he’s delayed developmentally but he only has a hole in his heart between the lower chambers, and he doesn’t need surgery or medication,” said Bartholomew.

Adoption professionals say they’re seeing an uptick in interest in the Ukraine. Theresa Barbier, director of Grace International, was working with 10 families in various stages of finalizing a Russian adoption in 2012. Half of those families turned to Ukraine, bringing home a total of 14 children since the Russian ban was imposed. (Some families adopted sibling groups of two or three children).

Barbier, who began working with Ukraine only after Russia closed its doors, says the country is open and receptive to American adoptions. “The Ministry has been amazing to work with; we’ve been surprised at how good it is.”

State Department officials say that neither Ukraine’s political turmoil, nor its financial dependency on Russia, is affecting adoptions.

“Families who were adopting during protests said they were not affected,” said Barbier. “The Ministry kept its appointments; court dates have not been disrupted.”

The Ukraine has never had as robust an inter-country adoption program as Russia. While thousands of children were adopted from Russia—around 1,000 to 2,300 per year—Ukrainian adoptions to America hovered between 400 and 650 over the past five years. Ukraine is also making a greater effort to foster and place its orphans domestically, though most say special-needs children will continue to be adoptable from abroad.

Many prospective parents have worried that the Ukraine would sour on Americans adopting their children after a glut of negative stories leaked over the past few years—from 21 deaths of Russian children at the hands of their American adoptive parents over a decade, to re-homing stories that expose adoptive parents who are handing off internationally-adopted children, like unwanted pets, without scrutiny or oversight.

A congressional staffer who met with Ukraine’s Ombudsman Yuriy Pavlenko last April said he has no reason to believe Ukraine has soured on inter-country adoptions but conceded that officials are concerned with the high level of non-compliance on post-adoption reports, which are required until the child turns 18.

“Forty-seven percent of families are either behind or have never filed post-placement reports,” said Jan Wondra, (She’s now the national chair) of Families For Russian and Ukrainian Adoption, a parent support and advocacy group. She said it’s critical for families to meet their obligations. Particularly at a time when international adoption is in such a state of flux, and prospective families know firsthand how devastating it is when a country imposes a ban and shuts its doors.

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Hello to all of our blog followers.

Romans 8:15 - For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Our spring has been a very busy spring as we are preparing for our babies to come home.  We have been praying hard for the events surrounding the Ukraine as our boys are living in that country in an orphanage.  So far, we have seen from the news reports and communication from families already there in process of adopting, God’s hand of protection.  Please pray along side of us that our boys and all babies waiting for a forever family will be safe and the families going to bring them home will be safe as well.  Also we praise God for the love support and generosity for all who have been praying, giving and loving with abundance.

Here Is Our Progress Thus Far:

All of our documents are being finalized and are in Ukraine being translated into their language for the court.  Our only document left in the United states is our USCIS background check, which is in process as well.  We are expecting to receive that any day so we can send it to Apostile and to the Ukraine.  With all of that in place we are still expecting to take our trip by the end of July – beginning of August.  We will continue to keep you all posted.  Thank you and May God bless you all.

Because He Lives,  Scott and Theresa

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Palm Sunday…The following devotion is from Adrian Rogers and Love Worth Finding Ministries:

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He Is…

BIBLE MEDITATION:
“And God said unto Moses, I AM that I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:14

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Have you ever noticed that the title God chose to describe Himself is an incomplete sentence? Now, most people would finish that sentence, “I am… [something].” But not our Lord. He purposefully did not complete the sentence “I AM.” He is.

Are you hungry? He is the bread. Are you in the dark? He is the light. Are you searching? He is the truth. Are you lost? He is the way. Are you in need? He is your Shepherd.

ACTION POINT:
What are you looking to God to meet today? Trust Him right now to meet you there.

Pray today that we around the world remember Who God Is and what he did on the cross as we are entering into this Passion Week.

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