“A Special Kind of Family” was recently featured on Waco TV station KWTX. That family is comprised of Heather Creed, Baylor Law School assistant dean, and her three-year-old son, Eli, recently adopted from Ethiopia.
Heather first met with me (the LSS director of social work for international programs) on January29, 2010, to discuss the details of the international adoption process from Ethiopia. She then took the rather weighty application packet for the homestudy with her back to Hewitt, Texas. The homestudy paperwork was completed, approved, and filed with the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) on March 31, 2010. At that time, there was already some discussion about closing Ethiopian adoptions to singles, but Heather was fortunate, and on April 30, 2010, she was matched with Eli, who had been living in an orphanage for nine months following the death of his mother.
Heather first travelled to Ethiopia to meet Eli and for her court date for the adoption on Oct. 26, 2010. On her second trip, just two months later, she was able to bring Eli home permanently, arriving on Texas soil New Years Eve.
Lutheran Social Services will continue to be involved with Heather and Eli, providing post-placement services, which includes home visits and regular reports to government officials in Ethiopia. After a year-long adoption process, the New Year is full of hope and promise for Heather and Eli, truly a “Special Kind of Family.”