Friday, January 6, 2012

An update on where we are at....

Posted by Jennifer at 12:40 PM
Happy New Year! Hard to believe it's already 2012! Brandon and I headed back to work this week, and while it's nice to be back in a regular routine/schedule - it's hard to give up your vacation!! :) We've been making a lot of progress over the last couple of weeks on adoption stuff, so I thought I'd give you a quick update on where we are at!

We've ALMOST finished our autobiographical statements for our homestudy - we probably have about an hour more of writing to go. My goal is to finish it up tonight, so we can get it all sent off! All of our other homestudy forms have been filled out, and are ready to go. We've got the cat's vaccine records printed, received certified copies of our marriage and birth certificates. (that wasn't cheap!) I had my physical this morning, and my physicians report has been notarized, Brandon is having his done on Monday morning. All that we still have to do is photocopy our W2's and proof of insurance, make photocopies of everything and ship it off to our social worker!!!

So what does that mean? If only that was the only thing we have to do! :) After we get that sent off, we need to finish up MORE paperwork, for our homestudy review with our placing agency. What? Another agency? Yep, that's right! Because of the nature of our adoption, it looks a little different than your "typical" international adoption. (if there is such a thing!) Because we have chosen two girls we would like to adopt off of a waiting child list - we contacted the agency they are placed with - rather than waiting for an agency to give us a referral of a child. But, that agency is not local - so we had to find a local agency to do our homestudy, which then they send to the placing agency, and they will review it and then submit it to the girls' country in our dossier. (future blog post idea: adoption "lingo") So, we'll be filling out very similar paperwork for our placing agency and sending that off as soon as possible as well.

Then, we get to fill out MORE paperwork for USCIS (immigration) and have that ready to go, so as soon our homestudy is complete. After everything is submitted to USCIS, we'll receive an appointment date for fingerprinting - and once that is done we can submit our dossier to the girls' country. Once that is submitted, we wait to hear from the country about when we can travel the first time. We now get to take 3 trips to the country - per a new law that went into effect January 1st.

It's a crazy process - and I'm so thankful for the new friends I've made already who are going through the same process!! It helps to have someone to chat with who knows exactly what you're going through every step of the way! And can help you feel like you haven't completely lost your mind!! :)

Financially - we have a LONG way to go! We are thankful for each donation, small or large. We will hopefully be announcing some other fundraisers soon. Until then, please feel free to share our blog (or Reece's Rainbow Family Sponsorship Page) and our story. We fully trust that God is going to do amazing things throughout this process, and are already seeing evidence of Him in what we're doing. (Like the fact that when I called for a doctor's appointment, my doctor didn't have any availability until March - but when the person on the phone refreshed the scheduler, all of a sudden a cancellation appeared for this morning!)

Also, if you are crafty, or have a business that would be willing to donate your services/product - I would love to have a blog giveaway in the near future. Please let me know if you can help us out in that way! :) Thanks!!!


Ron and Shana on January 6, 2012 at 2:54 PM said...

Looks like we are in the same portion of the adoption process! Praying for you every step of the way! :)

Jessica on January 7, 2012 at 4:38 PM said...

Hey Jennifer! If you haven't sent off your FBI checks yet do it soon. I'm hearing it's up to 12 weeks wait right now.


Marianne on January 7, 2012 at 6:55 PM said...

Congratulations on your upcoming adoption of two beautiful girls! We adopted a little girl through RR in 2010. I was just looking at the families in progress and saw your last name - it's my maiden name - and I love your blog title!!

Myya on January 8, 2012 at 12:28 AM said...

What an exciting journey you guys are on. I am so happy that your family is going to grow by leaps & bounds hopefully soon. YAY!!!

rjenks on January 9, 2012 at 8:18 PM said...

Hi!! I just noticed where you guys are from!! We are just north of you guys in Vancouver Washington! Can hardly wait to follow along with your story. (btw... we are adopting Sydney and Lucien)
Will be nice getting to know you and maybe even get together some time, there are a couple other families around us that have adopted from RR as well :)

my family on January 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM said...

cat vaccinations? Never would have thought of it lol:)
Oh so much paperwork, I can't imagine...keeping you all in our prayers

Robin on January 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM said...

Congrats the girls are beauties. As soon as I can swing it, I'll be trying to help you out. Good luck and all the best with the adoption.


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