Lunch yesterday found us rejoicing because we received the re-notarized letter in the mail and learned by E-mail that our home study was finalized last week and sent on to the Secretary of State.
We'd received the corrected background-check letter earlier.
We worked to collect the needed documents and make copies needed to send in our I-600a form to the US government.
This form, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, " is used by a U.S. citizen who plans to adopt a foreign-born child and enables USCIS to adjudicate the application that relates to the qualifications of the applicant(s) as prospective adoptive parent(s)."
Even though we do not know who our children will be this is the first step in the process of getting them US citizenship and immigration paperwork. For this part of the process we will need appointments for fingerprint checks again-likely once we return to Haiti at the Embassy.
The depressing/panic minutes came when preparing the redone letter to send off again for authentication at the Secretary of State office. Noticed for the first time [did not notice before we sent it the first time or when we asked the letter to be re-done] that it listed my name in it's short form, Kris Thede.
Every other document lists my legal name so we seriously thought that we may need to have the letter printed and notarized for a third time but thankfully a call to our agency reassured us that should not be a problem.
After the trip to the post office Cory spent hours scanning documents so that they could be sent electronically to a college professor who will be translating them into French. We only lack the one that just went for authorization so she should be able to work on most this weekend.
Next week we will start the process of making copies of the 'dossier'. Not sure that the whole dossier will be translated and then legalized before our return to Haiti but doing our best. Thank you for the prayers.
- Authentication of last letter in IN.
- Authentication of home study in CA.
- Correct and timely translation of all needed documents.
- Processing of I-600a. Good dates for fingerprint appointment.
- Keeping the copies [4 each] and documents organized.