Saturday, August 25, 2007

Adoption Update...Drowning in Paperwork

I have been asked a lot lately about what is going on in the adoption process...small things are happening. I feel we have been so busy this last 1 1/2 months that I have not had a ton of time to get past some big hurdles. We are making progress just not as quick as we'd hoped. I sat down and made a list of all the things that were needed for this whole process and was able to cross off quite a I do feel better! It gets quite overwhelming at times, but the quicker we get it done the sooner we will have our baby and we can't wait for that!!!! Please continue to pray for this journey...that we will make good use of our time and find peace in knowing God has perfect timing!

Paperwork Completed:
Attend Info Meeting at CHI
Apply and Pay Initial Fees
Copies of Birth Certificates
Financial Statements
Employment letters
Medical Forms from Dr.'s
Reference Letters
Copies of tax forms
Child Abuse forms

Still to Complete:
Waiting on letter from Police Department
Letter of Introduction to Ethiopian Govt.
Citizenship and Immigration Application
FBI Check and Fingerprinting
Adoption Education (10hrs.) DVD and testing
Complete the 3-books we are reading
Q & A forms about adoption
Meetings with Case Worker for HomeStudy
Power of Attorney forms
Photos (6-8)
Letters of Committment and Obligation
Letter stating reason for adopting
**All of the above needs to be notarized for our Dossier

**At this point everything is out of my hands**
All the above documents are compiled into our Dossier and must be certified by the Secretary of State
-sent to be authenticated at the US Department of State
-and then sent to the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington D.c.
Finally our Dossier will get sent to Ethiopia
-wait for referral and accept
-dossier will be sent to Ministry of Womens Affairs and to the courts. If court goes well then we will finally travel to get our baby.

Sounds like so much but we have made some progress.

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Jungle Book

Kaylin and her friend Avery-kiira just finished a week of acting camp. On friday they performed The Jungle Book musical. The girls had soooo much fun all week and can't wait to start classes in the fall.

After the performance!

Crazy Hair Day!

Summer time fun!