As you can imagine, we are devastated and very unsure of where to go from here. After soul-searching for several hours, and long discussions with our agency directors, we have decided to move forward with traveling to Ethiopia today. While in Ethiopia we will meet with the U.S. Embassy to clarify why she was selected to undergo the test, in the hopes that there may have been some form of miscommunication. In the likely event that we will not be able to obtain her visa, we will return home without her on August 15th. I imagine that if we have to leave her, it will be the most difficult thing we will ever have to do as parents. Regardless of the outcome of this trip, we will at least be able to spend time with her while in Ethiopia.
Sisaye is our daughter, both legally and where it matters most, in our hearts. She WILL come home, the question now is when, and what we will do for her care in the interim. Although she could remain in our agency's care, an institutional environment is clearly not the best place for her. If we are forced to return home without her, we will be facing some very difficult decisions: namely, whether one of us (likely Christina with Dinkeneh) will return to Ethiopia in the next month or so to take her into full custody, knowing that if the TB test comes back positive, it could be a very long stay in-country.
We would appreciate your good thoughts and prayers through the coming weeks as we struggle to come to a solution that gives both of our children what they most need: family.
Chris, Christina, Dinkeneh, and Sisaye