|some of the sweet ones from DRCAS|
**communication: GREAT. Amy is ammmmmmmmazing (can i add more M's please) she was always right on top of emails, phone calls, texts anything. She is also a mother who has adopted so she totally gets it. Shes honest, professional, real, gives good wisdom, is cautious and kind. She was wonderful to help us with all the crazy and confusing paper work and helped in that area as much as possible. Daniel is great too. i didnt work with her as much as i think parents do now but when i did she was great. I mean the lady used to work at the US embassy in DRC so she gets it! Shes moral, truthful, wants ethical adoptions PERIOD! Shes great.
Our in country facilitator was great in a lot of ways, we actually ended up becoming personal friends in the end and had many special times during our month in the DRC. Her communication was a struggle. I have to imminently follow that with this ANY PERSON you are going to work with in country (living in the DRC) you will struggle with communication. Its just hard to communicate there, its either severe traffic that can hold you up on the Blvd. for hours, or a flood that makes the roads so muddy you cant drive and people don't go to work, or someone breaks the car window and steals stuff out of your lawyers front seat, or the powers out, the list goes on and on. Our facilitator was awesome in lots of ways but communication was hard. it went off and on depending on life in the DRC for her...but during our adoption process and living there for almost a month we realized that's just how it is. thats how almost every single in country person is,,,in one way or the other. In the DRC NO ONE is on time NO ONE! no matter how awesome your in country person is they will all be late, most of the time. just when you give up then they will be on time! its cultural, its normal, its how it is in DRC is Congo time, its "ill be there at 9 for paper work" which really means around noon. This is often why things get slowed down also. Culture is different in the DRC from the USA but lets not be surprised at that, its around the world from us, things are gonna be different So my point is DRCAS has great in country people but dont expect things to happen or people to communicate with you like they do here in the USA!
**Ethical Stuff- I cant imagine and agency being more ethical. these lady's are in it for truth, justice, authenticity and honor to the children, families and country. They have done major things in the past year to make sure of this. Like only choosing to work with the most ethical lawyers and in country staff. When you are working with a country like DRC ethics are loose, unknown and often hard to trust. Our time there showed us this big time. Often ethics on DRCAS side were great but the stuff going on with the Congo side of things (government)...not as much. Again this will be a reality with any agency. A few times i had some concerns i spoke to Amy and the girl was ON IT! The thing about DRCAS that is awesome that most other agency's dont do is that they GO, they GO to the DRC, they learn, live, train, investigate and make sure things in country are truth filled and being done with ethics. This is what makes DRCAS unique and a success!
**Price- Dont know what the fees are now as we did it independent and i know thats changed now. so contact DRCAS. When we went through a facilitator and lawyer it was very reasonable but still ended up being around $30,00 after hotel, airfare, visas, embassy fees etc.
*The reality- I have to say the reality is if you choose to adopt from the DRC and my heart prays you do because the need is so great but please know you are going to be working with a country that is ranked one of the most dangerous and poor country's in the world. It is a beloved country, filled with pieces of joy, amazing people and beauty but its desperate...and with that comes lies, deception and corruption So the reality is you will face some battles, some errors in paper work, timeline issues and not much info on your child most likely, and things wont be smooth BUT in the end that child, his heart, his life will be a part of your family forever and it will be so well worth adopting through the DRC. Its a hard program to adopt through compared to others, a hard country to travel to when you go get your child, but oh that child, that child who is already yours if you know it or not, its worth it!
DRCAS YES recommend them
DRC adoption hard Yes but recommend it YES
worth it all in the end YES i recommend it!
|some family's with DRCAS in December 2012 (most independent)!|