Sunday, November 21, 2010
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Our goddaughters who were adopted as older children are just lovely, vivacious, well-adjusted little girls. We fell in love with them immediately and visit often. This past summer, they just made their first trip to the States to meet the rest of our extended family. It was a really wonderful, moving experience for everyone.
The process for our cousins, as Costa Rican legal residents, took about two years. Their experience with PANI – the governmental agency which oversees the adoption process – was not without bumps. But overall, it was very positive. They felt that the staff, from social workers to administrators, did a wonderful job in caring for the children and matching them with the right families.
Putting our dossier together for Costa Rica was manageable. We needed a homestudy, psychological evaluation, FBI criminal background report, PANI cover application, photos and I-800 form. It was a lot less complicated and dense than what some of the other countries require and Gladney – our adoption agency – has helped us every step of the way.
Our dossier officially made it to Costa Rica a few weeks ago! Since we will be visiting our cousins and goddaughters right after Thanksgiving, we have decided to drop in and officially introduce ourselves to the good folks at PANI. We’ll let you know how the visit goes!
In the meantime, here’s what we want to say about Costa Rica --- it’s a very beautiful country, from the beaches and oceans to the mountains and tropical rainforests. It’s safe. It’s peaceful. They protect their country from overdevelopment. And they are very family-oriented and love children. In short, we’re going to feel very comfortable during our stay in Costa Rica during the adoption process.
So until our visit to PANI… have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Our two very adorable goddaughters – Celeste and Francini – (featured in this blog's photo) were adopted two years ago in Costa Rica by our cousins, Heidi and Rick. Rick and Heidi had relocated to Costa Rica from California about five years ago and, at some point, decided to adopt. They made this very real for us. Adopting from Costa Rica is very, very doable.