Waiting Children

What is a waiting child? A waiting child is just that…a child that is waiting to be matched with a family and adopted. Sometimes for one reason or another an agency can not place a child in a family. Typically this means they don’t currently have a family on their wait list that matches a child’s parameters (age, gender, special needs, sibling set, etc.). When an agency can’t match a child with one of their current families the child becomes what is known as a waiting child.

Our Elsa was one of these waiting children. The agency we are now working with didn’t have a family to match her with and she went up on their website as a “waiting child.”  We feel very fortunate that God put people in our lives who shared with us what it means to be a waiting child. And after meeting several on our first trip to Ethiopia we feel burdened for the children who continue to wait, wondering each time a family comes in if they’ve been chosen this time…if it’s their turn to be held and loved and called son/daughter.

The children listed below are orphaned children who are being placed for adoption by various agencies. We don’t work for any agencies or endorse any agencies, but we are happy to try and put you in contact with families that have adopted through the different agencies if you do have questions about a particular one. For contact information in regards to one of the children listed below please send an email to rippkeadoption [at] gmail [dot] com. For their protection we are not posting pictures or agency names on our list, but are happy to point you in the right direction!

 

  • Our Story

    The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, "Because I drew him out of the water." - Exodus 2:10

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  • Our Timeline

    • ELSA'S TIMELINE
    • Application: 10-30-10
    • Began Home Study: 01-25-11
    • Completed Classes: 02-08-11
    • Home Study Approved: 03-08-11
    • Sent i600: 03-18-11
    • Sent Revised i600: 03-30-11
    • Sent Dossier: 05-26-11
    • Dossier Approved: 06-03-11
    • Girl: 103 | Boy: 81: 06-03-11
    • FDL: 06-06-11
    • Girl: 102 | Boy: 78: 06-10-11
    • Girl: 95 | Boy: 72: 07-15-11
    • Girl: 91 | Boy: 68: 08-19-11
    • Girl: 85 | Boy: 65: 09-16-11
    • Girl: 80 | Boy: 62: 10-24-11
    • Girl: 80 | Boy: 63: 11-22-11
    • Girl: 77 | Boy: 60: 12-22-11
    • Girl: 74 | Boy: 60: 01-31-12
    • Girl: 70 | Boy: 55: 02-29-12
    • Girl: 64 | Boy: 51: 03-30-12
    • Girl: 63 | Boy: 49: 04-30-12
    • IT'S A GIRL! REFERRAL! (switched agencies, got the paperwork a few days later) 05-04-12
    • Sent in dossier 05-21-12
    • Dossier approval 05-29-12
    • Requested I-600 re-fingerprinting date 06-11-12
    • Mailed referral paperwork 06-19-12
    • Dossier sent to Ethiopia 06-19-12
    • Got re-fingerprinting date 06-22-12
    • USCIS refingerprinting 07-10-12
    • WE GOT A COURT DATE!!! 08-08-12
    • Left for Ethiopia 08-13-12
    • Arrived in Ethiopia, met Elsa!! 08-15-12
    • Court Date - PASSED COURT! 08-17-12
    • Left Ethiopia for the US 08-20-12
    • Submitted to US embassy 11-07-12
    • BF to US embassy 11-26-12
    • CLEARED! Nate to US embassy 11-28-12
    • Nate and Elsa Banke home 11-30-12
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    • SOLOMON'S TIMELINE
    • Saw his profile 08-11-13
    • Sent AAI our inquiry 08-12-13
    • Said YES and sent formal application! 08-20-13
    • Formal contract submitted 09-16-13
    • Finished home study visits 09-16-13
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