Feeling a little down about the wait for our referral, I emailed Kristine with Holt just asking for any general Philippines program updates. Just wanted to share part of her email back to me. I do appreciate everyone's thoughts, prayers and kind words throughout our wait.
I know that it is really hard to wait, especially as you get past a year, but we are pretty sure that the time frames are creeping up quickly, and now we do not know how long it is going to take for families to get a match. We still have the 2 families (including yours) from 2007, and a few weeks ago, we heard from Eva that there are a total of 35 families on the ICAB Roster left from 2007, so it is going to take awhile to work through those. The sibling group of boys that you are referring to were matched by our WCP with a WCP family, not a family who was already waiting on the Roster, so it was not the other Holt December 2007 family who was matched with them, they are still waiting. None of our families approved after you have been matched either, so no one skipped ahead or anything, it is just taking a long time for everyone. The eligibility guidelines for new families are changing in June, because ICAB is receiving too many Dossiers for the amount of children who need homes each year, and so they have to slow it down, or the wait will get outrageous. We have a single applicant who will be traveling to pick up her little girl in a couple weeks, so that is good news. We also have a few families matched with waiting children, a relative adoption of a sibling group of 4, and one other pending case that we are working on right now, but they all will not be able to travel for several more months. When people keep asking, just let them know that right now the amount of families approved and waiting greatly exceeds the number of children that are currently legally free for adoption in the Philippines, and so that is why there is a "wait". It doesn't mean that the need is not there, there are SO MANY orphans, it is just that not all of them are legally free yet, and also some get adopted domestically, in the Philippines too. I hope that we will get some news soon, but there is no way to know until it happens, as we do not get notice when a family is being "considered", but only once they are officially "selected/matched". I'll contact you as soon as I hear any news about your case, I promise, and in the meantime, it is no problem at all to give you updates about other things going on in the program. Have a great weekend!