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!


mshel3 said...

We are very excited!!

lynn said...

We are soooo excited and can't wait to meet Olivia! Lynn

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