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What's this Blind Referral thing?
Monday, December 04, 2006
Our friends are currently in Moscow on their first trip (i.e., the referral one) and they're going through just a little bit of a rough time so our thoughts and hopes are with them right now. They had decided to do their referral without any prior knowledge of the child. A process known as a "blind referral".

Referrals of a child can come with a varying degree of information (mostly depending on the region in Russia you are adopting from). For most regions you get a single photograph and a fairly detailed medical history (however, as mentioned it varies tremendously from region to region). Sometimes you get a lot more info, sometimes you get a lot less.

In theory you are not suppose to get any information about the child at all (this is a blind referral). But with telecommunications and the internet this is not as scary as it sounds. You can very easily take snapshots via a digital camera or camcorder and send them via email to an international doctor (aka IA, not ID) and get some very detailed risk assessment back within a few hours.

So doing a blind referral is not really a big deal and can often speed things along in terms of getting a referral. Anyway so that's what our friends are currently doing. However, there are some risks and they are currently going through a little tough time right now, so our thoughts are with them and hopefully (and I'm sure they will) things will work out for them. They specifically didn't want too much information about their situation to be posted right now, so that's why I'm so cryptic. Once they get back I'll give out their blog address and you can read up on what's going on there.
posted by Steveg @ 10:37 AM  
  • At 8:39 AM, Blogger MMrussianadoption said…

    I might be right behind them with this blind referral thing. But at least I am prepared for anything since I already went on trip one.

  • At 7:22 PM, Blogger Melissa said…

    It just reinforces that international adoption is NOT the easy way out. Its a calling. Those that can go through it are stronger than they think they are.

    I am a lurker, melissa a. I don't know why this particular post pulled me out into the open, but it struck me as the opitome of what everyone in international adoption goes through. Its just not easy.

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