Friday, June 11, 2010

The Schedule Thusfar

The number one question we get asked is “When do you expect to get the girls?” I don’t have an exact answer but I can tell you where we are at in the process.

February 27th: We found Arina on Reece’s Rainbow and decided to adopt her.

March 8th: We found Ametz/JCCA an accredited homestudy agency that met the necessary requirements.

From March 10 to March 31: We all visited doctors, had TB tests done, secured numerous documents, got fingerprinted, and did the 10 hour required international adoption parent training.

April 1: We had our homestudy visit and interviews.

May 14: We found out that Arina was no longer available for adoption. No one knows why. Perhaps she has already been adopted, or a family member came back for her. Or maybe she is in Heaven with God.

May 17: Andrea sent info about a baby named Peach who needs a family ASAP. Peach has a serious heart defect and will require immediate surgery once she gets to the US.

Later on May 17 Andrea sent pictures of an adorable three year old who is in the same baby house. She offered us the 2-for-1 special (just kidding :-)

May 18: We let Andrea know that we would take both Peach and Mallory.

May 20: We sent our promise trust and RR love offering.

May 25-present: Putting together our dossier. More trips to the doctor, blood lab, personnel office, fingerprinting office, town and county offices for deed, marriage certificates, birth certificates, etc. Visited the State Dept. for necessary document apostilles.

May 27: We received our completed homestudy.

June 3: Got fingerprinted again for state clearance letters. Over-nighted our i600a (petition to adopt an international orphan) forms to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.

June 4: FedEx’d our power-of-attorney forms and petitions to our facilitator and legal representative in the Eastern European country we are adopting from.

This week we have been chasing down more paperwork, and we are almost DONE with that :-)

I don't want to jinx things but I would guess that we will be on our way to get our girls over the summer.

Here is where I want to send some love and thanks to my online sisters who have been with me, listening to me stress, sharing good advice and more, and just showing me an amazing amount of love and encouragement throughout this crazy journey.

Jennifer from Three’s a Charm and Saving Sofia

Lisa from Bridget’s Light and Loving Alina

And, my “blood brother,” Lisa from Genetically Enhanced


Lisa said...

All in the line of duty! (I am on a warrior kick right now. We are do know that ;).)

How amazing is it that we can all be here to support and encourage one another, even when we're on opposite ends of the world, and even when some of us have never met in person.

Blessed, we are...many, many times over...

Lisa said...

Anything for you, Summer, Peach, and Mallory. Thank you for letting us all in on your journey!

Julie said...

You are probably going to be ahead of us but it would be nice if we could meet, even there. Congratulations on your beautiful girls again.

The Sanchez Family said...

Absolutely honored to be a part of your journey to your precious girls! I cannot wait until you meet them! We ARE warriors but you will soon find out that our orphan babies are the true warriors and heros! They are amazing survivors!

Terry Family said...

Can't wait to meet the girls! Not sure if you received my email but I have a friend who would like to donate lots of stuff for the girls.

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