THANK YOU, ADOPTIONWORX!
cannot adequately convey our heartfelt gratitude to the Adoptionworx
staff for their role in uniting us with our precious daughter, Christina
When we first embarked on our adoption
journey, we were nervous and apprehensive about the entire process.
We worried about the care and health of the children in Albanian
orphanages. We also worried about our own safety and direction,
while in a foreign country. Nevertheless, we put our trust in our
adoption agency and its knowledgeable Executive Director, Victoria
OToole. It was a leap of faith that proved to be the best
decision that we ever made.
Adoptionworx led us through every
step of the process in preparing for meeting and receiving our daughter.
Initially, we were presented with videos of children in typical
orphanages and later introduced to many of the sights and accommodations
that we would experience while in Albania. Victoria instructed us,
in a number of timely seminars, on the culture, traditions, language
and customs of a proud country. Adoptionworx provided us with travel
guides, maps, packing checklists and other detailed and pertinent
information. In fact, they prepared us so well for our impending
adoption experience that we felt confident and at ease, and we were
able to focus our attention solely in the thrill of meeting and
bonding with our daughter.
We were assured that in Albania,
all children are considered precious, and are loved and treasured
above all else. Still, we were surprised at just how well cared
for our daughter had been at her orphanage. We could not have imagined
that the caregivers would have so lovingly treated each child as
their own, and yet have selflessly prepared that child for his or
her eventual adoption into a family. We fully appreciated all the
singing, hugging and kissing, and all the stimulating activities
that the children would engage in on a regular basis, and we saw
first-hand how lovingly they were all taught about families and
parental relationships. We were pleased that Christinas caregivers
had prepared her so well for us, her new Mami and Babi, and that
we were always made to feel welcome during our frequent visits to
the orphanage. As well, we were impressed by the overall facilities
and the cleanliness of her orphanage in Sauk, just outside of Tirana,
Albanias capital. It was comforting to know that Christinas
first home had been so well run and well staffed by caregivers,
groundskeepers, an on-site doctor and social worker, and a kind
orphanage director who encouraged our daily visit and granted us
the privacy to interact and bond with our daughter alone.
our stay in Albania, we were made to feel as comfortable and as
safe as if we were back in our own home town. We were pleased at
how instantly welcoming everyone was, and how readily we were accepted
by all those with whom we came into contact. We experienced such
genuine concern and care from them that we almost felt as though
they considered us to be members of their own extended family simply
visiting from overseas! We certainly did not expect to form such
special bonds and to establish the strong friendships that have
happily become life-long. We were impressed by the hospitality of
the apartment owner, who first greeted us at the airport and catered
to our needs. The apartment had been arranged through Adoptionworx.
Our roomy apartment in Tirana was equipped with the latest amenities
and cleaned for us daily. It should be noted, however, that the
electricity and water could sometimes be sporadic in Albania, but
it rarely amounted to more than a small inconvenience. The apartments
central location near the foreign embassies was ideal, so that we
were never more than a short walk away from various shops, popular
cafes and restaurants, banking institutions and travel agencies.
We were very fortunate that Christinas orphanage was a mere
15 minutes from the apartment.
We were also extremely impressed
by Adoptionworxs staff, we were led through the maze of extensive document preparations,
court appearances and all related paperwork.
For a process that had run almost too smoothly for the better part
of it, at the end there were stress-filled days when time constraints
and procedural dilemmas and challenges were clearly evident. During
this time, we received daily calls, suggestions and assurances from
Victoria in Toronto, whether we were in the apartment or on the
road, on the cell phone which she had provided to us. She was in
constant touch with the authorities and her staff.
We left Albania, as anticipated, and on time, with our daughter.
we now sit comfortably at home and enjoy our precious new daughter
Christina, we can hardly remember the time in our lives before she
became part of our family. Still, we cant forget the incredible
experience that brought her to us or the wonderful people that made
it all happen. We are most grateful to Adoptonworxs Executive
Director, Victoria OToole, whose presence guided us through
every stage of this emotional process, and whose own adoption experience
made her our "expert" role model. She diligently worked
around the clock for us, to ensure that our little girl Christina,
could come home with her loving parents. We feel that we are the
luckiest two people in the world with her in our lives, and cant
imagine how we ever lived without her. Christina is a beautiful,
healthy, perceptive, intelligent and loving little angel. She bonded
with us, it seemed, from the moment that she laid eyes on us, and
has adjusted well to her new surroundings. As for us, it was instant
love, and we somehow knew that she was meant to be with us all along.
Victoria OToole and the entire Adoptionworx
staff have helped us realize our life-long dream. For this, we cant
ever repay them or even adequately thank them! They truly care about
the orphaned children of Albania, and the lucky Canadian families
that they serve
Eternally grateful to you for helping to do
Tony and Laura