This "institution" came with some surprises for me. I came expecting a cold, stark and unfriendly place. I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes, it is very remote. Yes, it is very poor, and understaffed. And yes, they still carry around many outdated thoughts and beliefs regarding the disabled. BUT, they were so warm and receptive. At our first meeting there they brought out the most delicious and elaborate lunch for us. Just for us. It was such a kind gesture. They have decided to trust us and our amazing facilitator in spite of having NEVER had a child adopted from there before. The director is a little unsure of our intentions - he wonders the true reason we would want to adopt "such a child". However he has decided to trust. It boggles my mind.
We now have a plan moving forward. On Tuesday we will go with a driver to pick up Ariya at her institution. We will then travel from the city Dnipropetrovsk to Krivoy Rog and bring Ariya to another institution that will care for her until we are able to have court. At that point the process should be the same as we had originally planned. There are still a couple of details that need to fall into place but we are confident that all will work out.
Thank you all so much for your prayers the past couple of days. Rest assured that we felt them and we know those prayers were heard and answered.