What a day it's been! We drove to Korosten, got a hotel, met the "inspector" (like a social worker), spent a while in his office with 3 ladies that work with him. He rode with us to Pugachevka (Aleksa's home), we met with the assistant director. She was very nice and open. Director came in, and not so much. The inspector, Natalie, and the assistant director argued with him back and forth for over an hour. Finally they told us it was about the fact that in Russia bad things were done with children adopted from there and he didn't want to allow an adoption. But he would let us meet her and see. We met Aleksa! She is tiny, sweet, loving, smiley, loved the orange she was sucking on, came and sat on the floor with me, stood up to go sit with Mike, gave me a hug goodbye and I carried her back to her room. Then she sat and cried… And so did I. After another chat in the director's office he has not yet decided it is a good idea for her to be adopted. He says she is quite well cared for there (which she is, thank you Jesus!), and that being adopted would make her face discrimination that she doesn't see here. We left after he said to us that "I will pray to God and hope to find a peace in my soul about this adoption." That's all I can ask for. Please pray!!
Mom to Kristopher (3 1/2)
Brianna (22 mos, Ds)
Adopting Aleksa (5, Ds)
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