Anyways, I have always been fascinated by the world of adoption and have always wanted to adopt a child of my very own. THIS IS NOT WHY I AM GOING TO HAITI! So, let's lay that on the table right now. Everyone in my family would have to be on the same page about adoption, and until that time (or "if" that ever happens), we will just continue to support orphans in other ways (more about that later). "Adoption Stories" on TLC (I believe) had two separate episodes where families adopted from GLA. GLA is run by an Americans John and Dixie Bickel. Dixie is a pediatric nurse and established the orphanage in the '90s. In addition to the orphanage itself, they provide supplies and outreach to the surrounding communities, run a school sponsorship program, have a NICU, and the list goes on and on. Most importantly, they have a well-established volunteer program.
So, where do Rachel and I stand in the process as of today? We are awaiting security clearances and a firm date on our travel dates. We are aiming to go in January 2013, as they are BOOKED though September for volunteers, and we need that time anyways to raise funds. Also, in January, Rachel will be on winter break for college.