Please bring home our daughter: A couple struggles with the bankruptcy of Imagine Adoption
- July 28, 2009 11:25 AM |
- By Your Voice
Submitted by Holly and David Guistini
About: I am one of the families caught in the Imagine Adoption bankruptcy. My husband and I live in Kitchener with our two dogs, and two cats.
Our take: We have been trying to have a family for five years now. We have had a really bad run with luck. I have managed to get pregnant twice on my own. Both times I have almost died. The first time, five years ago, I didn't know I was pregnant until I was internally bleeding and in the hospital.
I had a blood transfusion and barely lived after emergency surgery. The doctors told me I had an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured and I lost a tube. They were hopeful that I was young enough to recover and would be able to get pregnant with no assistance because I still have one fallopian tube left.
From that moment on we knew we were ready for kids. I left my job after three years as a preschool teacher to earn some more money, with a goal of becoming a stay-at-home mom in the upcoming years. We bought a house, got married and were ready!
Several years later and still no pregnancies. We went through the long and grueling process of fertility treatments in town. After refinancing our home, and using every ounce of our savings, we again ran into bad misfortune.
I had two unsuccessful rounds of in vitro fetilization, suffering from hyper-stimulation which led me to be off work, and on close watch.
We decided to adopt last spring. I am adopted and have a wonderful life! I had a great experience meeting my birth mother, and half sister about five years ago. I was thinking positive, and thought perhaps this is what we were supposed to do in life. We were excited for our next adventure!
We researched agencies, and countries and fell in love with Ethiopia! Imagine Adoption was a favorite choice as well. They were in town, and super friendly. We enjoyed their seminars, feedback, and all the successful adoption stories.
So, off we went to the bank to take out a credit line to pay (let me tell you adoption is NOT cheap.) We paid our retainers and went along with the adoption process. We hired a social worker and were approved to adopt by the Canadian government eight months later.
And her we are today, sad, confused and wondering. Her name is to be Addison, the capital city in Ethiopia is Addis Ababa, we thought it was fitting. She has a beautiful purple room, with African dolls lining her shelves, and crib.
She has multicultural books and music. She even has Godparents. The love we all have for her is unbelievable and we have never even met.
We are desperately waiting for the government to commit to us that they will put through ALL remaining adoptions that were licensed with Imagine Adoption.
Please help bring home our children.
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