HSF drafted a spreadsheet outlining the number of foster families and the severity to which they have been affected. The majority fall under 2 categories. First, 18 homes were so severely flooded that they were no longer liveable. These families are living with relatives or in shelters. 33 foster family homes are flooded UP TO THE second floor. The families have created a living area on the upper level and supplies and food are being brought to them by boat on a weekly or bi-weekly level. In our original paperwork, Asher's foster home was described as a 2 level home, the first level being where the daily activities took place and the second level housed the sleeping quarters. So, at night, I lay awake picturing Asher with his foster family (mom, dad, grandma and sisters age 7 and 10), stranded in their bedrooms, looking out at an ocean of muddy water, waiting for rice, water and formula to be delivered. I don't know for sure if this is the case, but it's a picture I can't get out of my mind.
Of course for those of us whose spring travel dates were tentative at best, we could assume this was not good news for our progress. But the worst blow came last Wednesday, when a dear friend --who had already experienced major delays in their process--had been told at the beginning of last week that the wait was coming to an end! They had a court date for December 1st and would finally be united with their daughter and have her home for Christmas. That means they would be buying tickets and seeing their daughter within a few short weeks! The very next day they were told that due to the floods, they should not plan to travel to Thailand until February. We all grieved for them...it was a difficult day after such celebration. This family received a referral 6 months prior to ours. It's anyone's guess as to what this means for others in the program, including our family. The initial estimate is to add 2 months from previously estimated dates, which for us might mean June.
This summer after our referral, I think I was at the apex of my adoption high. "We have a baby! He's gorgeous and he's mine! Everything is going according to plan. We've almost fully funded! Yes, it takes a long time, but the process is following the precise timeline laid out for us."