And now we wait

December 18th, 2007

Well, we mailed everything today. We sent in the paper work to apply for the baby’s visa. We sent in our completed dossier. We sent in about 10 different checks and money orders (because no, you don’t just write one big check – you write one big check and 9 other little checks, all made out to different government offices.) So, now we are on to the hardest part. We wait. We wait for the dossier to be approved, we wait for a child referral and we wait to travel to bring our baby home.

Pray for the waiting. I’m not good at waiting.

Almost Ready

November 25th, 2007

We now have all of our birth certificates, marriage certificates, letters of employment, health records & our home study. I heard from the people writing our letters and they are on their way. We just need a few more pieces of paper and our dossier is ready to go. We are trying to get all of that done this week.

Dossier Update

November 22nd, 2007

Sorry I’ve missed a couple posts. Getting ready to leave for Kansas and then driving for 12 hours the next day doesn’t leave much time for blogging. I’ll make up for it with some riveting posts later this week.

Anyway, just a quick update, we’ve received our copy of the home study, now we are waiting for a few more documents to show up in the mail (hopefully they will be waiting for us when we get home) and then we can send in our dossier.

And HUGE thank you to the people who have donated.

Making Progress

November 13th, 2007

We are actually making pretty real progress on getting our dossier completed. I would love it if we could have it sent in before Thanksgiving, but I don’t think that we will get all the letters we need in time – most people have either gotten them written and the are in transit or they aren’t written yet and I’m not sure we can pay the gianormous bill that needs to be sent in with the paper work.

Here’s what we do have done:
We’ve sent for our birth certificates, employer letters, medical letters and reference letters.
We’ve had our passport photos taken.
We’ve talked to our bank and chief of police regarding those letters (we have to talk to someone in person for those).

Here’s what’s holding us up:
We need to get everything notarized and can’t do that until we have each piece of paper in hand.
We need the letters we’ve asked for to show up at our house.
We need to figure out how we are going to pay for it.

Passport Photos

November 12th, 2007

Tonight we completed another step in our dossier paperwork – the whole fam got their passport photos taken. For the low, low rate of $47.00 we stood in front of a white wall while the proex guy snapped our photos with a digital camera. Then he brought his camera card over to the kiosk where customers can print their own digital pictures and printed them up for us. Seriously, is that really worth $47.00 for 18 1×2 bad pictures? The sign over the kiosk said a 4×6 is $0.19. So by my math that should have cost us $3.42. But to the credit of proex, they charged us $16.00 for a set of 6 pictures of each person (and we each needed 4) while other places were charging $12.00-$14.00 for a set of 2. I guess that means we got a deal?

Dossier, Part 2

November 10th, 2007

Our dossier contains a lot of things I would have expected – requests for birth certificates, letters of reference, tax returns, fingerprints, etc.

But I never expected to have to get a letter signed by the Chief of Police stating that I have no criminal record or outstanding warrants.

Our Dossier

November 8th, 2007

If you haven’t heard the term before a ‘dossier’ is a big fat packet of important documents that need to be noterized in order to finish our end of the adoption process. It also requires several copies of things like marriage certificates, birth cerficates, passport photos, taxes, letters from our doctor, our bank, our insurance, our friends and when it’s completed several checks need to be written and sent along with it.

Our dossier is sitting in a big stack in Kevin’s office. We really need to get going on it. Because at this point we are holding up our own adoption.

So bug us please. Ask us how far we’ve gotten in completing the packet.


Adoption Update

September 3rd, 2007

We received the letter saying that our adoption application was approved which means we can now attend the pre-adoption class. The class is September 20-21. It’s a 2 day seminar that goes over all the details of both domestic and international adoption. Once the class is over we will have more homework and a home study to complete. And I think once those things are done all that’s left to do is wait. And that is going to be the hardest part. We are sort of flying through all the steps but in the end you still just have to wait until the right baby for you comes along.

Step One: Check, Step Two: Check

August 15th, 2007

Well, we’ve completed the first two steps of the adoption process. We sent in our registration (and a small fee) and we’ve completed our application packet and sent it in (with a not so small fee). We still have to get fingerprinted (for another fee) and send that in. And friends are writing us letters of recommendation and sending those in. The next step will be to attend a Pre-Adoption Class. It’s a two day class that basically answers every question we may have about adopting. When the class is over we will have “homework” which means more paper work, but it also means we are one step further along in the process.