Thursday, December 3, 2009

An Independent Streak

We have decided to forgo working with an adoption agency and to instead pursue an independent adoption. My first impression of us? We're insane. But actually, with Rwanda we feel this is the better way to go. We certainly don't advocate this for other countries and can only speak for what best suits us, but we've done the research and this seems the best fit for us. Rwanda actually prefers to work with families than to work with agencies, apparently. Besides this, Rwanda is a non-Hague country, which means that an agency is not necessary – and there are actually no accredited agencies licensed to work in Rwanda. We will gather all of our needed documents here, have our homestudy, send our dossier directly to Rwanda, and hire an attorney there to do all the ground work for us in Kigali. Here goes nothing and everything all at the same time.


  1. I am beyond words excited for you guys. Please know I am praying for this journey. He is so faithful and good. -Alicia

  2. I'm so thankful for you. I am glad you're writing all this down, so we can pray for you specifically and be a part of God's work in your family!

  3. Hi Rachel! It's nice to "meet" you! We are in the very beginning stages of our adoption too - just beginning our paper chase. I hope we can be a good support for each other as we take this journey! Keep in touch! Jenn

  4. You made the right decision. We used a agency and I regreted it and they cost us alot of money. So many people have contacted me for info but I don't think I have email conversed with you guys yet. Let me know if you have any questions or need any guidance with paperwork or any other adoptive stuff.


  5. Hi guys!

    I think you guys made contact with my wife, Kayan, a while back. However, I didn't find your blog until now. We also live in Austin are in the process of adoption from Rwanda. Small world...I work at the same hospital as Jeremy, who it looks like you know as well. He might have been referring to you guys during a conversation a couple of months ago :)

    We'd love to get together when you guys ever have a chance. Good luck with the adoption and let us know what we can do to help!