Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The paperwork, the process and my part-time job

We began our adoption paperwork in October, 2008.  Christian Adoption Services did our Home Study, which is a series of interviews and extensive questionnaires about our childhood, marriage, backgrounds and how we raise our children.  

We filed our 1-800A with USCIS mid-February, 2009.  (An I -800A is an application for determination of suitability to adopt a child) After our fingerprinting appointment, the approval came in April.  In the meantime, I collected all supporting documents needed for our Dossier (collection of required legal documents including birth certificates, marriage certificate, Home Study, I-800A, etc.).  

As of today, our Dossier has been authenticated at State level and is ready to send to the Dominican Republic Consulate in Washington, DC. to be authenticated at that level.  Once that is done - our Dossier will be complete!  I hope to send it to our agency, Hands Across The Water, by the end of next week.  It has truly been a part-time job!

There have been a few "unexpected" delays along the way, but I am constantly reminded that it's ALL in God's timing and not mine. Some of life's best lessons are learned while you wait! Right?  

"Commit your heart and your life to patiently wait on God.  Be obedient to what He has called you to do right now, and do it with excellence.  Learn to be content while waiting on God to change your present circumstances."

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