Hello, I'm Giordana, I'm new, T1 since 1992.
Has anyone here gone through the International Adoption process? My husband and I have been doing the paperwork to adopt from Ethiopia for nearly a year, and were just told that I needed to have an A1c of 7.0 and under in order to be approved.
We were shocked and sad, to say the least. We pushed back with JDRF statistics, letters from my endocrinologist, diabetic psychologist, Diabetes Educator, our local social worker etc. etc., but the agency we're working with won't budge.
We decided on adoption in the first place because I've been dealing with a large amount of fear and panic about low blood sugars, which caused an elevated A1c for a number of years (in the 9s). I've worked very hard with my team to combat this, and have seen some positive results, it's just a slow process. We wanted a family, so we thought, "we're not getting any younger, why not adopt?"
So I have a few questions for people here:
*have you adopted? And if so, do you mind sharing your agency name with me?
*was an A1c a requirement for your adoption?
*are you planning to adopt?
They're giving me six months to get down to an 8.0, and then they'll accept us provisionally, with the expectation that I will get a 7.0 before we can move forward with an adoption. We're right now coming to terms with our agency's decision, and deciding what to do next. Keep in mind that all international adoptions go through a private agency, and this agency (no matter how ethical) can reject you for any reason, so if we intend to move forward with this agency, we can't push too hard.
Thanks in advance for your support.