Following the approval of our homestudy report, Garth and I will be sending form I-600A to USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services), which is the application for advance processing of orphan petition. The purpose of this form, as I understand it, is to determine whether we will be appropriate adoptive parents. It will also generally speed up the part of the processing related to our qualifications as adoptive parents. The filing fee for this form is $670. Once approved, they will send us a date for our biometrics (basically fingerprints again and costs $80 each) and will send us the I171-H form. Receiving this form is the single most exciting form for paperchasing families to receive because we can then send ALL our forms (our dossier) to AWAA so they can review it all and make sure all is correct. Once that has been done, our dossier will then be sent to Ethiopia (DTE). While we can see the end in sight, there are still a few things that have to happen first, so my new goal for sending our dossier to AWAA is the end of July.
I have been asked by a few people how our puzzle is coming along. Since I have been frantically getting ready for our garage sale, the puzzle has been put on the back burner, but I wanted to inform you that we have had 176 pieces sponsored by friends and family. It is a 500+ piece puzzle so there are plenty of more pieces to sponsor if you would like to. For a brief recap on the puzzle, we have an African-themed puzzle that we are putting together as pieces are being sponsored. For each piece that is sponsored, we are writing that person's name on the back. When the puzzle is completed, we will glue the puzzle together and frame it so our children will be able to look at all the people who helped bring them to their forever home. The cost for each puzzle piece is $10. Thank you so much for those who have already purchased puzzle pieces. The puzzle that we have chosen is shown on this blog so take a look! If you would like to donate money to our adoption, you can either send us a check at the address listed along the right side of our blog, or there is a "donate" button that you can send money through Paypal. After our homestudy is approved, we will also begin the process of setting up a fund where the money that is donated will be tax deductible. I will send more information about that as we get it set up. We will also begin applying for grants and low-interest adoption loans as well.
Thank you all for your continued prayers. I will update our blog as soon as our homestudy is officially complete.
Garth and Carmen