I'm taking a break from the fluff and nonsense that I normally post. This is serious business here. No seriously..... it is. Those in the adoption circuit are already hearing about all this I-600a/ I-800a stuff. I probably don't really need to explain it all.
I will say that it directly pertains to me and could adversely effect my adoption if I'm forced to switch to an I-800a. You see, my agency is not Hague accredited. From what I'm reading, if I have to switch to an I-800a that means I have to be with a Hague accredited agency. Since I'm not, I'd have to switch agencies. Which could mean that I have to start over from scratch. Which would really suck since I've already been in line for 28 months. But more importantly, I don't qualify under China's new regulations. So I can't start over. I'd be out. Done. No adoption. No Mia.
The only thing I know for sure right now is that everyone... and I mean everyone ... is interpreting this thing differently. I've read all kinds of theories and opinions on the internet from individual bloggers, from message boards, from Rumor Queen, from the JCICS, and from the USCIS websites. My agency has their own theories but have not put anything in writing to me and quite frankly I'm not sure that I completely trust what they're saying. My homestudy agency doesn't even know what I'm talking about. That's not comforting but par for the course it seems.
The bottom line is things would just be so much easier if those of us who started their adoptions pre-Hague and pre-China's new regulations were "grandfathered in" and allowed to continue extending their I-600a until the adoption is completed.
I'm not even saying for free. I've already gotten my one time free renewal. I have no problem paying for another one. Well, I mean it sucks and is not fair...but with this whole adoption process I've pretty much gotten used to that. Haven't we all, right? I just don't want to switch to the I-800a.
Anyway I'm adding some linkage here for all of you to get involved. I've already done my part. And I can tell you that it really truly only takes a few minutes to do. So do it.
Sign the petition here before October 16th. The goal is 20,000 signatures.
There's also a blog devoted to this issue and fight. Find it here.
Read about the Joint Council On International Children's Service Position on I-600a Renewals here. Most importantly look at the 5 ways you can help here. Send your e-mails and contact your Congressional representatives on October 14th, 15th and 16th.
As adoptive parents, we all need to stick together and support each other. Even if you're already home with your children. These changes are effecting all of us that are still waiting in one way or another. And if we're forced to switch to the I-800a it could be bad. Potentially very, very bad for some of us.