Biological or Unrelated Siblings?

I've been asked lots of questions recently about our preferences for our kiddos, meaning what we've asked for in a referral. Our God-sized, mail order, ideal scenario would be...

Biological Siblings
Boy under 3 years old
Girl under 1 year old

But we are open for a variety of other referrals (unrelated kids, reverse gender order, 2 girls).

The biggest risks associated with accepting unrelated siblings and the new 2 trip policy is the following [from our agency's web site]:

When a family accepts the referral of unrelated children, every effort will be made to have those cases be presented to the Federal Court at the same time. However, families should also be aware that there are potential risks factors involved that are beyond CWA’s control. Those factors may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • One child’s documents may not be ready for court as soon as the other, delaying the court hearing for an indefinite period of time for both children
  • One child’s court case may be approved and the other postponed for an indefinite time
  • A referral of one child could be lost

Should any of these occur, a family could be faced with the option of either making two trips to bring home their unrelated children – or be asked to bear the expense of foster care fees of $450 per month until both children can travel at the same time.

In the heavens, we aren't sure what God intends for our family, but we certainly are praying God would simplify our process by providing us with biological siblings. Would you pray with us on that?
"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met."

Matthew 6:30-33

April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.