Thursday, February 24, 2011

Another Step Closer

Our I-171 approval is in the mail! This is our approval from Immigration that in fact we are fit to be parents and that we can bring an adopted child into the country (imagine that?!). Yes, it made no sense to us that we had to go through the process again, or that we had to take fingerprints yet again (since when do your fingerprints expire?...why can't they just re-run them?), but whatever it takes!

The process to get your I-171H can normally take up to 2-3 months or longer but we received ours in a month! We were fortunate in that we mailed in our I-600A form on January 26, then walked in prior to our fingerprint appointment and pleaded with them to take our fingerprints early. Then I contacted the central USCIS office who handles the processing of your case and asked if they could expedite it due to our unique circumstances, which they did.

Why is it so important to have Immigration approval? There is a new requirement in Ethiopia that you have to have it prior to being submitted to court. Our dossier is currently being translated in Ethiopia so now we can get the approval form there and hopefully be submitted to court soon. We are still looking at about a 4 month wait for court, but at least we are moving forward!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

One (small) Step Closer!

We got the good news our Dossier has been authenticated and has arrived in Ethiopia! Now it gets translated and then our case can be submitted to court. Not sure how long that will take but I hope to be submitted to court by this time next month! And then we are looking at about another 4 months until a court date. The wait is so hard. Staying focused on the positive.....we are one step closer to Sweet M!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fun in the Sun!

Been on vacation....it was the perfect family spot. The kids had tons of fun playing on the beach and the pool. I even almost got through a whole book! (Cutting for Stone...highly recommend it...great history of Ethiopia too). An awesome time was had by all.