|Bob from FOI|
- they return phone calls
- they return emails
- they actually know me (and my family) by name
- they are crazy good at what they do
- they take time for us and all our questions
- they treat adoption as a "calling", not as a "business"
- they are honest
But then there are other things too... stuff like:
- the diners they have at their place for all the families
- the "Festivals" they put on
- the "Young Writers" section of their News Letters
- the fact that they have News Letters
I also love the way they actually know my voice on the phone, I don't even have to introduce myself (sadly, my Mechanic ALSO knows my voice... and... oddly... my dentist. I guess it is kind of a unique voice. What, with how manly and rugged I sound!).
But a really cool thing happened today while I was there visiting!
Yulin: Ah, Adrian! Oh, I have something for you!
Me: Uh, okay... great, thanks. What is it?
Yulin: Ah, the Embassy is having a diner for families who adopt. The Ambassador wife is hosting.
Me: Oh! Thats great.
Yulin: Yes, they want families with kids 5 years old. And I thought of you immediately!
Me: Cool! Ping is almost 5.
Yulin: Yea, she close enough. So you want to come?
Me: Yea! Absolutely!
Yulin: I knew you would. Thats why I though of you. You always try to learn Chinese and Culture! So I think of you right away.
That just made my day! I've got an invitation in hand to attend a Chinese Banquet with the Family at the Chinese Embassy!
I know that "negative" news gets a lot of press - Adoption Agencies going out of business, Adoption Agencies charging/changing/raising their Fees, etc - but there is "good" news out there as well.
I'm so excited to be going to the Embassy for diner - but I'm even more excited to know that there are people like Bob and Yulin, who are working so hard to match children with their Forever Families! :-)