"Sometimes I would like to ask God, why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it... but I'm afraid He might ask me the same question." Anonymous

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Most frequently asked adoption question...

The most frequently asked adoption question we receive now is... "So where are you in the process now, when do you get to bring her home?" 
Well... our paperwork has been in Ethiopia for 3 months, and 2 weeks as of today.  We have been at #13, then back to #14, then back to #13 again on the baby girl list for almost 1 month.  When adopting from Ethiopia you can choose an age range and gender of your child/children, so this is what determines which "list"you are placed on.  Once the adoption paperwork is sent to Ethiopia (ours was sent 08/19/10) then that particular families wait begins.  When our paperwork arrived in Ethiopia over 3 + months ago we were placed in line (unofficially) at #27 for a baby girl.  So your guess is as good as ours as to WHEN we will receive a referral, but if time passes as it has the last 3+ months it makes us hopeful that we might receive a referral in another 3 months?!  Referrals speed-up and slow-down during the waiting process for several different reasons- none we can control.  So will continue to wait upon the Lord.  We know He has the plan.

This question soon follows "So what does 'a referral' mean?"
When we receive a referral we will receive many things about the child our agency has matched with us.  Among the information we will receive is her picture, her medical and social history, her age, and her health report.  If she matches our age and health request we will accept her referral.  :)

"What happens next?" 
 MEETCHA DAY will be scheduled.  Our adoption agency will make an appointment with the Ethiopian Court and arrange travel for us to go to Ethiopia.  This trip usually happens 4-14 weeks after referral acceptance.  The day we get to MEET Aerie will be our family "Meetcha Day".  The Ethiopian Judge will review our case, along with Aerie's background and paperwork.  The judge will make sure everything is in order.  The judge will have the biological family present their relinquishment in person, and then have us appear to request to be Aerie's new parents.  (Yes... sometimes the adoptive parents get to meet the biological family.)  This trip will last 5-7 days, we will then have to travel home and leave Aerie in the Transition Home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"What happens next?"
We will wait for the Embassy to grant us our Embassy appointment(usually 4-?weeks apart).  Once we receive our appointment we will travel back to Ethiopia.  At this point we are not sure how long we will be in Ethiopia, maybe only a few days, or we may choose to go back early, get an apartment/hotel and take Aerie out of the Transition Home to live with us in Ethiopia.  The longer time frame would mean we would need to rely on family and friends to house-sit for us.  Time will tell if we get this luxury (this would mean we could make room in the Transition Home for another orphaned baby, and get to bond with Aerie there).  At the Embassy appointment the U.S. Embassy reviews our case, all paperwork, verifies everything is correct, then grants us Aerie's Visa to become an American Citizen. This will be Aerie's GOTCHA DAY!   Then we will fly home with our sweet gift from God!    

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Addis Ababa

Adoption Time-line

02/02/10- Ethiopia adoption application & fee sent.

02/17/10- Accepted into America Worlds Ethiopia Program!

02/20/10- Paid initial AWAA program fee.

Start paper chase...

03/02/10- Ordered our birth certificates.

03/02/10- Spoke w/and chose GLAD as Home-Study Agency.

03/03/10- Got Angi's employeement & life ins. verification.

03/04/10- Received Tim's birth cert. in mail.

03/04/10- Went to courthouse, got Marriage Cert.

03/05/10- Received Angi's birth cert. in mail.

03/05/10- Scheduled Tim's phys. letter doctor appt.for 3/8

03/08/10- Mailed GLAD application letter & fee.

03/10/10- Ethiopia made big change- 2 trips required now.

03/11/10- Rec'd GLAD/AWAA Post Placement Agreement.

03/11/10- Rec'd Tim's Health/Life Ins. letter.

03/12/10- Jack & Annie rabie shots/Home Study Requirment

03/13/10- Rosie & Sara rabie shots.

03/21/10- Began Hague on-line required training course.

03/22/10- GLAD beginning our background checks.

03/22/10- Our HIV tests and Tim's HEP B blood draw done.

03/23/10- Tim's TB Test scheduled for 3/30/10.

03/25/10- Notary notarized all paperwork we've collected.

03/26/10- Kyla, our social work came for 1st & 2nd home visi

03/26/10- Adoption Tax Credit raised to$13,100.00! Go God!

03/27/10- Kyla finished 3rd Home Study visit.

03/27/10- Finished family photo pages.

03/30/10- Tim rescheduled TB Test until 4/6/10.

03/31/10- Picked up Tim's HEP B test results.

04/02/10- Received Archie's referance letter.

04/06/10- Tim had TB test placed.

04/06/10- Angi got bloodwork records.

04/06/10- Re-did Financial Statement/faxed to AWAA.

04/09/10- Tim's TB test results- negative :)

04/10/10- Completed Hague On-line training course.

04/10/10- Dog vaccines done.

04/20/10- Faxed Florida CPS request to FL today.

05/03/10- Had our physical visits today.

05/26/10- Angi's bloodwork drawn.

05/28/10- Angi's bloodwork result- normal.

05/28/10- Tim's bloodwork drawn & normal result.

06/01/10- Our 14th Annivesary- Renee notarized physicals!

06/07/10- Picked up our physicals & faxed to GLAD/AWAA.

06/07/10- Found out GLAD rec'd FL CPS checks 6/4/10.

06/07/10- Requested Dr. letter for Angi.

06/10/10- Picked up & faxed Dr. letter to AWAA.

06/10/10- Waiting for AWAA to approve Home Study.

06/15/10- AWAA read Home Study & requested corrections.

06/23/10- GLAD corrected and sent H.S. back to AWAA.

06/24/10- AWAA approved our Home Study!

07/01/10- Got money order for final GLAD payment.

07/01/10- Met Klya/GLAD in Vincennes, got final HomeStdy

07/02/10- Mailed I-600A application & fee.

07/09/10- Renee notarized rest of Dossier paperwork.

07/09/10- Sent 2 papers to IN State Dept.for Authentication

07/12/10- Fed-Ex package received at IN State Dept.

07/13/10- We rec'd Authenticated papers in mail!

07/14/10- Rec'd Immigration Fingerprinting appt for 8/9/10

07/23/10- Went early-Immigration/Indy. for fingerprinting.

07/26/10- Called USCIS & left msg for Immigration Officer.

07/29/10- Officer Opfer called, USCIS back-logged 3 weeks.

08/05/10- Rec'd I-171H today!Thanks Officer Opfer-speedy

08/06/10- Renee notarized new MOWA letter & I-171H.

08/06/10- Got Cashier's check to go with Dossier.

Paper chase completed!

08/06/10- Shipped Dossier to AWAA by Fed-Ex.

08/10/10- AWAA received Dossier packet.

08/13/10- AWAA approved Dossier, maybe DTE next Fri?

08/13/10- Rec'd U.S.State letter stating I-600A sent to ET!

08/19/10- AWAA Fed-Ex'd our Dossier to Ethiopia!

08/25/10- Dossier arrived in Ethiopia today!

The WAIT begins...