For those of you who are not in the China adoption realm...it's not pretty. There are several things right now that are discouraging.
First, apparently an American adoptive father sexually abused his daughter who was adopted from China. China is taking this quite seriously and is suspending operation with that agency as well as the social worker who completed their homestudy. You can read more about this here...
Then, this months referrals are beginning to arrive. It's a dissappointingly small batch.
In 2005, nearly 12,000 children were adopted from China.
In 2009, the number has dropped to less than 2,000.
Unbelievable. At this rate, the numbers suggest that it could take 15-20 years to get through the backlog of dossiers. 15-20 years. Really?
Iv'e been feeling unsettled about adopting a child with special needs, but at this rate, it seems as if that may be my only option if I truly want a child. I'm praying for guidance...