Saturday, February 24, 2007

We're Done! -- (Almost)

We received Form I-171H in the mail today!

That's the magic paper from US Immigration that every adoptive family waits patiently to show up in their mailbox. For us, this is the LAST paper we needed to complete our dossier.

It says: "It has been determined that you are able to furnish proper care to an orphan or orphans as defined by (blah blah blah...)"

We weren't expecting this paper for several weeks. We've been told by our social worker that it typically takes at least 6 weeks from the time the home study is sent in. And Cleveland is known to be "especially slow". For us it happened in 16 days! If you consider the fact that we sent in an amendment to our request only 5 days ago this is especially impressive!

Now that we've got all our paperwork we'll take the stack to Columbus to be certified by the state. Then the stack is mailed to be authenticated at the Federal level. Then we're done.

I don't know the timing of it all but I'm guessing our dossier could be in Ethiopia within a few short weeks.


At 11:12 AM , Blogger Michelle said...

Congrats! I've been anxiously awaiting an update! :-) Wishing you safe & speedy travels to Columbus.

At 2:04 PM , Blogger Kelly said...

Hooray!!! The Lord's hand has been so prevalent through this whole process. I can hardly believe your paperwork is already done . . . so I can't imagine how you feel!!! One step closer to bringing your kids home . . . Praise God!!!!

At 2:39 PM , Blogger Apryl said...

Wow, what great news! Congratulations, now the real wait can begin!! Hoping that goes quickly for you too :)


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