Friday, August 29, 2008

Dossier Received at America World

Friday August 29, 2008

I received the email today that the Dossier is in our representative from America World Adoption Agency's hands. It should be authenticated next week and then off to Ethiopia.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Dossier Sent to America World

Wednesday August 27, 2008

We just went to the UPS store and made all our copies and sent out our Dossier (and misc stuff) to America World. Now we wait. I believe the process is now our representative will review the Dossier and give it a number on the referral waiting list, then she will take it to the Ethiopian Embassy and the Department of State to get it authenticated. The last step is it will get mailed out to Ethiopia! We are on our way. The packet should be in the agency's hands by tomorrow morning.

Now is the fun part, the waiting. Mark started working on the babies room so that will hopefully make the time go by fast. Once it is finished we will put pictures up.

One step closer to bringing our baby home! Keep us in your prayers, it could be a long 5-7 months waiting for that referral!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

USCIS Approval Received

Sunday August 17, 2008

We can home from a wedding today and guess what was waiting. Our I171-H form from USCIS stating that we have been approved to bring a child into the United States. We were waiting on that form and didn't expect to see it this soon. Now our next step is to send everything off to the Secretary of State to be Apostilled (certified) and then we send it all to America World for translation and off to Ethiopia. Before we know it we will be getting the call to travel to Ethiopia to pick up our son. It is kind of funny because on our way to Mount Vernon for the wedding Saturday morning I told Mark maybe our USCIS form will come today and we can move on to the next step. We both kind of laughed and didn't think twice about it until we came home and there it was. Funny how God works, ask and you shall receive.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Agency Approved Home Study

Friday Aug 1, 2008

We received an email from our consultant at American World that she approved our home study yesterday. The next step is to wait for USCIS to approve our application, the home study is the last piece we have to get that approval and it will be sent to USCIS on Monday or Tuesday next week. We are getting closer to submitting the Dossier. I just read on the America World's blog that the referral time based on referrals recieved in July is 5-7 months for an infant boy from the time we submit the Dossier. Please continue to pray with us that the process continues this path of smooth and quick transitions. I will keep the blog updated as we continue to receive more news.