7 months ago
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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Dossier Orientation Call!
this is just the planner not a picture of our child!
That's right! Our Adoption Planner came in the mail today and we had our Dossier Orientation Call today! I am super excited because (and I say this with hesitation) it doesn't look as bad as I thought.... I mean just the word dossier gives me goose bumps because you don't exactly know what that is until they actually send you the requirements. So I am officially apart of the club. I KNOW what exactly goes in a DOSSIER! whoo hoo! ya, I know I am a nerd.
So here's a rough timeline for those who aren't adoption savvy.
Homestudy visit is complete, just waiting for our social worker to type it up. (about 3 weeks she says)
Right now I am compiling all the necessary paperwork:) I am not sure but shouldn't take me more than a couple of weeks.
This includes sending some forms and money to the U.S. Citizens and Immigrations Services and then ever so patiently wait for them to assign us a fingerprinting appointment. Then they will send us a nice letter saying that we can bring a baby to the U.S. This could take a couple of months:(
Then we submit our Dossier to Washington D.C. to be authenticated (I'm not sure exactly what that means) and translated. Then they send it to Ethiopia.
THEN we get on the waiting list for an infant girl 0-12 months. However we could possibly be on the waiting list before we get our letter back from the U.S.CIS but I'm not 100% sure.
Then we wait. How long? I think 4-6 months is what they are quoting right now but I am going to be a pessimist so I can be happy when it's sooner and say "I knew it" when it's longer:)
Then we will travel about 2-3 months after we are "referred" a child. This is the time period when you go through court and everything gets all legalized.
So in summary, I really don't know. It could be 8 months, it could be 15 months. It could be longer, you just never know with these things.
We will just have to pray and wait:) Our girl is out there and God has chosen her to be in our family so we will just try and be patient!
Thanks to everyone who is prayerfully following our journey, we appreciate it and would not be able to do this without you!