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Family still hopeful after adoption delay in Haiti

By Andrea Olson, KECI Reporter, aolson@keci.com
Published On: Apr 20 2014 10:22:53 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 20 2014 10:47:33 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

A Missoula family's Easter plans were spoiled when a lengthy adoption process forced a trip to Haiti and pushed back hopes of adding a new family member this weekend.

Adoption is a lengthy endeavor and the family has now gone through it four times.

The 7-step process can take anywhere from 6 months to 5 years.

According to adoption.com, agency and private adoptions can range anywhere from $5,000 to $40,000.

International adoptions can cost up to $30,000.

The family's latest adoption of a boy from Haiti has lasted almost 3 years now but the parents hope they can bring him home this week.

"We're just waiting the next couple of days to get Liz and Danielle to bring Indy home," said Dodge.

Brent Dodge is a father of three girls adopted from China. His wife and him are adding one new member to their family and were hoping he would be here by Easter. They are adding little four-year-old Indy from Haiti to their family and now Dodge's wife and daughter are in Haiti waiting patiently to fill out the rest of missing paperwork to bring their son home.

“Since he was two, we've known, this is our son, we're going to go through this process. We had no idea it would take another two years after meeting him," said Dodge.

It's taken a little under three years just to get Indy over to Missoula.

"Getting the passport was super slow. We were slogging through paperwork and waiting and just problems that came up internally in terms of the paperwork," said Dodge.

This isn't the first time the Dodge family has encountered a long adoption process.

We're told it took 5 years for them to adopt their daughter Jasmine.

But that doesn't stop the Dodge's.

"We've been through the process now four times and we know that holdups can happen. Even when that happened....I just felt like, 'This is in God's timing and when it happens, it's going to happen,’" said Dodge.  

That's why they have a bed next to Jasmine waiting to be filled and clothes in the dresser waiting to be worn.

"I know he's going to be here this week. I'm optimistic. This is the Dodge's. This is our family," said Dodge.

NBC Montana is told that Indy should arrive in Missoula hopefully by this Wednesday.