Nov 1, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

The Process

Most people want to know the details of our process. How long does it take? When can we bring her home? Well, at the end of September, we had a meeting with our social worker to do our one year, post-placement report for Laura. At that time, we told her we also wanted to update our home study and attempt to adopt our Little Girl. Fortunately, an update is much cheaper that the full fledged, start from scratch, home study, so that saved us some money right off! However, the paperwork doesn’t seem to be much less! Being the organized person I am, I filled it all out immediately, raced to the vet to update our pet vaccinations and called the doctor to schedule physicals! All of this is done and we’re just waiting on our social worker to complete the draft and for the police to clear us of any criminal history.
Meanwhile, we officially signed up with a group of facilitators, sent our deposit to the people working in her country and got our account set up to accept donations for our adoption. As I shared in the first post, she has over $18,000 in her grant fund that has been set aside for her adoption. When our account was set up, the fund reset to $0 (It now has $5, thanks to an anonymous friend!) and we will need around $6,000 more to be fully funded. Anything over that amount will be used towards future expenses such as doctor visits, purchasing a wheelchair, special chairs, car seat, etc. All donations are tax deductible!
After signing up with the facilitators, I received a packet of documents for our dossier and multiple checklists. I wasted no time filling everything out, signing it, having it notarized and being proofed by the team. On Tuesday morning, my brother Tim and I ventured to our State Capitol of Montgomery and got everything apostilled (a fancy word to say they’re putting a seal on it to certify that everything is official and they perform this nice service for $5.00 per page times 37 pages!) Then, I mailed it to a family who will travel on November 5th and they will hand deliver it to her country so translation can begin. As soon as the home study is finished, we will send it to join these documents (after another Montgomery trip) and file our application with the US department of citizenship and immigration. All along, we wait. When each piece of paper is complete and sent overseas, we will wait for the whole thing to be submitted. After it is submitted, we wait for travel dates which are usually 6-8 weeks later. I’m guessing that the earliest travel date would be February or it could be later in March. Again, I’m just guessing because anything can change. The time spent in country for the entire adoption process is usually around a month. That could be an entire blog post by itself, but I’m going to wait until it actually happens before writing about it. Until then, we pray and wait.

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