• Posted by Meghan on 18 Aug 2011

Well…it turns out the highlight of our trip to Nairobi was that we got good food at the Java House (I even had apple pie!).  Unfortunately, the embassy was not so great.  The man we spoke with was really very nice and tried his best to help us.  He’s the “adoption expert” but doesn’t have any influence on the visa process which is what we really needed.  He went to the USCIS office and they told him that our custody and guardianship order doesn’t count as legal custody because legal custody in Kenya can only be granted by a high court justice and our custody was granted by a magistrate.  He did suggest that we request the high court justice issue a letter or note with our final adoption stating that he/she suggests our custody/guardianship order from two years ago be viewed as legal custody.  Robert (the adoption expert) said that might help the USCIS people feel more comfortable granting us a visa.

He didn’t say that there was absolutely no way for us to get the I-130 visa in October, but he certainly implied that it wouldn’t be easy.  He said we could look to a visitors visa as a fallback, but that’s not guaranteed either.  We know that visitors visas are typically not granted to children who have already been adopted because there is basically no reason for the family to return to the foreign country.  The fact that we took Eden on a visitors visa before and came back and that Ben has work here and comes here frequently would help us, but we can’t count on being given a visa.

So…that leaves us with a big decision.  Do we continue with the adoption process now, wrap it up and hope that we can get one of the visas to come home before Dec. 1, or do we stop, apply for a visitors visa before we do the adoption and then come back later and do this all over again, knowing that we would probably have to stay here for 2 years?

Ben and I both feel like we really just need to get this finished.  We are tired of having it hang over us and tired of Eden not being “officially” ours.  We’ve worked so hard to get everything together to do the adoption now, we don’t really want to stop.  Also, the fact that I am pregnant is good incentive for them to let us go back…we won’t have such a good reason if we would come back to Kenya and try this again later.

It is very frustrating to feel like the US is battling against us and we’re so tired.  Tired of being away from our home and families, Ben is tired of working weird hours here, I’m tired of the rain, tired of the ups and downs…we’re ready to be home.

So for now the plan is to continue with the adoption, apply for the I-130 visa in October and if that is denied apply for a visitors visa.  Please start praying now for the process.  Especially that the USCIS would be kind, sympathetic, reasonable, etc and just grant us the I-130 visa.  We really appreciate your support and prayers!

4 Responses to “Frustration”

  1. Grandpa Ray Says:

    The USCIS does have a higher authority – read Daniel 1: several times and see if you
    can find that Authority! Then move to the King’s words at the end of chap. 2, 3, 4.
    I especially like the words in 4:34-35. So – you will be praying there, we will be praying
    in Akron, and a number of people will be praying in Indiana. Let’s trust Him.

    You can have a ‘good talk’ with your lawyer about the High Court Justice road, too.
    She/He may well have some kind of Nairobi connection – but relying only on humans
    won’t do it, as you know.
    Blessings upon you Five —

  2. Deda Says:

    Praying and also ready for Eden to be yours and for you all to come home. God has shown Himself faithful all through this process and will continue to do so. We love you.

  3. Debbie James Says:

    Oh, my, Megs…what frustration. So hard to understand set backs like this, but ,like you, I am remembering God’s faithfulness up until this point, and we will pray that you sense His presence during this time of uncertainty. Praying , praying
    love
    the James gang

  4. nana Says:

    I’m seconding Deda’s comment-all of it. God’s hand IS in all of it so far and He will continue to do so-just have faith. They just have to see Eden with you and see the love you have for her-I can’t understand why the process has to be so difficult-especially considering what her other options would be-she’s sooo much better off with you guys. God has a purpose in all of this and He will prevail…. :-)

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