But the most important news for all the waiting adoptive families is that on May 31st, the judges at the family court will start the processes for the intercountry adoption. While I don’t have a clear number, approximately 15 or so families are scheduled to stand before the judges to interview and get rulings on their adoptions. From then the 14 day waiting period begins, and all the families that are affected by this have been notified and they are making travel arrangements. After May 31st, there will be other groups, but this information I do not have much yet.
As for my trip to Korea, I took a part in the National Adoption Day celebration on May 10th, the Emmanuel Orphanage Adoption Festival on May 11th (one of very few orphanages that send away children to be adopted), MPAK’s Kwachon City Adoption Festival on May 14th, the MPAK leadership meeting on May 14th, and an interview with a newspaper, and more meetings here and there. It has been a very busy week, and I will post some pictures when I settle back in LA.
On another point, I took down the posting on the quota related article, and felt that the posting was counter-productive to many waiting families. For instance, after the posting, the adoption agencies were all inundated with many phone calls by waiting families asking whether they will be a part of the quota or not. What made it more difficult was that the information I shared on the posting did not even get to all the agencies by the time I posted it, and they were surprised by it. So I am walking a delicate line of balancing and figuring out what information should be released and when to release them. While the information may be good for many, but it can also bring more worries against the waiting families.