Thursday, March 27, 2014


This adoption process can make SANE people CrAzY!

It is truly CrAzY MAKING!!

Example A:

Our social worker was FINISHING up the requested changes to our homestudy (this means we were CLOSE people!!) and *almost* signing off......

AND then she emails that she doesn't have our DOG LICENSES!!

Yep - those CUTE dogs need to be LICENSED in order for us to ADOPT a CHILD from CHINA!!!



Soooo after I finished the kids math lessons I head over to the vet. to get the above dogs' shot records (which are up-to-date because we had to GET ALL THE SHOTS updated for the homestudy!.)  I then went to our township offices to GET the LICENSES!! (And thankfully the township worker was willing to email them to our social worker!) 

CONCLUSION: our homestudy was *almost* held up due to DOG LICENSES!!

Example B:

The above mentioned homestudy was signed by our social worker on Wednesday!
 (Did I mention that I *love* how fast SHE is?!)

It then took our agency until MONDAY to have them notarized!

TUESDAY they mail the notarized homestudies to our placing agency across the country......

FRIDAY not only are they NOT across the country BUT they are back at our homestudy agency (because apparently their envelope label is confusing...and this has happened before...that the post office machine reads it incorrectly AND sends it back to the sender!!!)

are YOU crazy yet?!?!

Sooooo......on SATURDAY it is back in the mail...and by some MIRACLE arrives at our placing agency by TUESDAY.

BUT - they are missing a DOCUMENT that was supposed to be sent - so the placing agency requests it from our homestudy agency - who scans over the document on WEDNESDAY....


AND THEN: Our oldest turns 18 in July. Since our adoption will not be finalized by that time he will need to be fingerprinted as an adult living in the household. Originally it was thought he would be fingerprinted with Erik and I, but since it is illegal to run background checks/clearances on minors in Michigan we will wait until after he turns 18. At that point we pay $150 for a homestudy addendum and submit a supplement 3 to the USCIS...and then have him fingerprinted. When we filled out our I800a paperwork we included our oldest so he could get fingerprinted and wrote our check to include the $85 for his printing. (This was before our homestudy agency told us he would have to wait so the incorrect I800a paperwork got sent to our placing agency.) While waiting for our homestudy to make it to our placing agency I wondered if I should write a new check that didn't include our oldest's I quick wrote a check and sent it across the country. I didn't realize that any of the paperwork needed to be updated and when I mentioned sending a new check our worker didn't know if a new check was necessary AND didn't mention the need for new I800a paperwork :( 

SOOOOO.....when our homestudy AND the needed extra document FINALLY all made it to our placing agency......THEN we were told we needed to re-sign the I800a AND it needed to be an ORIGINAL - NOT a scanned document!! 

TODAY we over-nighted the signed NEW I800a and we are told if it arrives on FRIDAY before 3pm then they will submit our I800a - WOO HOO!

I tell you if I wasn't crazy before I am feeling CrAzY now!!!

and then we will wait for our I800a approval (Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country) - which has been taking about 40 days....but could take up to 90 days.

Next Step: Getting all our documents - including the I800a approval certified by the State of Michigan

Next Step: Hiring a courier to take our documents to the Chinese Consulate in Chicago to be authenticated.

Next Step: DTC - Dossier to China - China needs to approve our family to adopt Little Caboose

Next Step: Receive LOA from China - Letter of Approval (it can take 60 to 120 days to receive this approval)

Next Step: Submit I800 to USCIS to adopt Little Caboose

Next Step: I800 provisional approval then sent to National Visa Center

Next Step: NVC cables PDF to American Consulate in China

Next Step: American Consulate issues Article 5 and sends it to Chinese Government

Next Step: Chinese Government issues Travel Approval

Next Step: Consulate Appt. scheduled in China

Next Step: TRAVEL!!!

A couple of pictures taken before the "photo ban" :)

 I think this goofy little guy will fit right in :)

Blessings, Sandy

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