Thursday, September 29, 2005

More details...

We received our next packet from AWAA for "Step Two". We already wrote our request letter to China (we have to basically ask them to consider us for adoption, why we want to adopt from China, etc., etc.,) It took me nearly four hours to complete! Ugh! It has to be worded with such care as to not offend the Chinese officials who are deciding whether or not to approve us.

All documents going forward will have to be notarized, so we have to have our coordinator proof-read everything before we see a Notary to save time and money.

Also saw in this new packet that we have to have NEW copies of our marriage and birth certificates - dated within the last year! Ugh again! The birth and marriage info hasn't know? Never mind what kind of trouble we'd face trying to get any documents from NEW ORLEANS right now! EEK! I am going to double-check on that tomorrow...

Ok, so I am realizing already that this so-called "paper pregnancy" is going to be filled with a different kind of nausea and labor pains! :)

More soon,

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Welcome to our family blog!

On September 6, Dawn and I decided to adopt a little girl from China. This is an exciting time for us!

The entire process will probably take anywhere from a year to a year-and-a-half, but since so many people have been asking for updates, we thought we would start a blog so that folks can check up on the status at their convenience.

This is what has happened so far:

  • Sept. 8 - We completed an online preliminary application with America World Adoption Association.
  • Sept. 12 - We received a call saying that we had been approved.
  • Sept. 19 - We mailed our written agreement to the adoption agency along with our initial payment. We also sent in an Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition [8CFR 204.1(b)(3)], photocopies of our birth certificates and marriage license and payment to cover all applicable fees.
  • Sept. 23 - We heard from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S.) office that we can go ahead and schedule a fingerprinting (yes, this is something the government requires), but our social worker, Stacy, would like to complete a home study first. (The Chinese government requires a minimum of four home visits with a licensed social worker.)
Check back occasionally for further updates!
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