Then, when Mairita messaged me two mornings ago, she said that the foster parents are not feeding them enough. They came to us so thin already! I'd like to try to send them a box of food but I don't have a full address and even when I do, I worry that the family will take the food from the kids when it arrives.
We have been looking into adoption but the costs are overwhelming and even if we could raise the money, we would need more space in our home and less debt to qualify for a homestudy (sigh.) If, over the next six months, we could somehow get our finances in order to qualify, it would still take six months for the homestudy to be approved and another few months for a dossier to be finalized and sent to Latvia before we could get over there, stay for three weeks under court supervision and take the kids home.
Then, there would be two additional trips back to Latvia with the kids before an adoption would be processed. All told, we are talking about a conservative estimate of $50,000.00 and a year to make this happen. In the meantime, I've been talking to friends, strangers acquaintances - anyone who might know of a family who wants to adopt three fabulous kids.
I'm a fighter, so I won't be giving up on this. Still, today, I feel discouraged. This summer, I had the pleasure of attending a reading by and briefly meeting Alice Walker. Today, I'll take some comfort in an excerpt from one of her poems.
I am telling you
We will win.
And I will show you why
We are the offspring
Of the ignorantly discarded
We conjure sunrise
with our smiles
and provoke music
out of trash
Who can completely
disappear such genius?
This is why humanity is worth loving.
Without a moment of holding back...
- Alice Walker