Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tax return is here!

We were waiting on our tax return to begin the initial paper work with the adoption agency. They have sent the "Welcome to Ethiopia Program" e-mail, so now comes the first paper chase. This last week were able to start our first adoption training online (Tama finished and Jeremiah is working on it).
We are required to have at least 10 hours in training in order to adopt. This will take care of 8 of the hours.

In this next couple of weeks we will be assigned a case worker that will be with us for the remainder of the adoption process.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Baby Steps

Here are the steps we will need to take to get our child home.

1)Send initial paperwork and program fee to AWAA. (DONE!)
2)Apply to USCIS (no idea what that means) and complete the Home Study (that will take months).
3)Collect Dossier documents and send our Dossier (completed documents) to AWAA for review. (Have no idea what that means, but I bet we will find out). :)
4)AWAA will send our Dossier with a letter of recommendation to the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs for translation and processing.
5)Referral Day!!!!-Accept referral (child) once received , wait to receive court date. (I have seen that take forever too. Hopefully not for us.)
6)Trip 1 - Travel to Ethiopia to meet child(ren) and give consent at court
(About 5 -7 days in Ethiopia)
7)Trip 2 – Travel to Ethiopia to complete visa paperwork and bring child(ren) home
(About 4 – 5 days in Ethiopia)
8)Complete post adoption reports and paperwork, and apply for other government documents for your child.
9)Your adopted child now has proof of U.S. Citizenship!

Saturday, February 5, 2011


We are moving along slowly, but ahead of schedule. Last week I was able to mail in our home study application. A wise adoption alumni advised us to do as much of the little stuff while we wait to raise our first set of funds. The home study may take 6 months, so starting it early seemed like a good idea. I am excited with every step that we take towards our child. Today I was thinking that he may already be on this earth. That thought helps me move forward in the monotony of the paper chase. By the end of Feb. we should have our first $5,000 saved to start the process with the adoption agency.
Please continue to pray for our family and our son in Africa as we navigate this journey. Pray that we are wise savers and the finances come quickly. Pray also for the family of this child. My heart often goes to that mother that will let go of her child. I hope to honor her in all the ways I can.