This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


CEJA is the Comissão Estadual Judiciária de Adoção (State Judiciary Commission for Adoption).  Each state in Brazil has one of these Commissions and all adoptions must go through CEJA.  

We heard today that our dossier arrived safely in Brazil and that one of LIMIAR's employees will be submitting it tomorrow (1/29/09) to CEJA in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco, Paraná and São Paulo.  

I know that sounded really calm and matter-of-fact.  Let me restate that with a quantity of exclamation points that properly portrays how thrilled I am about all this progress toward our children:

Our dossier is being submitted to CEJA TOMORROW!!!
A couple months for them to approve us, and then all we are waiting for is a referral (which could actually happen before we're approved).  I want to clarify one more thing here.  I'm not getting all giddy about the process or the papers or anything inconsequential like that.  I'm starting to feel that we are getting closer and closer to the day when our lives and hearts change forever because we've become parents to exactly the little ones God has planned for us to love all this time.  THAT is worth a few extra exclamation points! ! ! ! 
Adotar uma criança, um ato de amor 
Adopting a child is an act of love 


Julia said...

Oh Kim, that is so exciting! I'm so glad that these concrete steps are all being taken and the process really is moving forward in such visible ways.

Neidi Hewhart said...

Hi Kim and James,

I have not seen or spoken to you in quite a few years now i think but i went to Pocono Plateau and Asbury and we're friends on the lovely facebook. I have to say that i check your blog each day to see your progress and you're constantly in my thoughts and prayers. What an exciting but, understandably, sometimes frustrating time. I get chills most days when i read your new update and i pray you'll be united with your children soon. All the best from NYC.
Heidi newhart

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Kimberly Fullton said...

This is great news...having your dossier in Brazil!!! I completely understand that anticipation, excitement, nervousness and longing to know who your child(ren) will be. It is truly in God's hands and amazingly, He already has your children chosen for you. I saw your comment on my blog and I will definitely be praying for you! If you want to share adoption stories with me or how God is moving in BIG ways for your family, I would love to hear about it!! You can email me at

In the meantime, I'll be checking back here to see how things are going for you guys!!

Take care,