Thursday, January 10, 2008

Moving Right Along

Let me say again how much easier the Kyrgyzstan dossier is compared to our previous dossiers. We are almost finished with all of our documents; we just need to print out pictures of our family/house/etc. Now we are waiting on the necessary documents from the dreaded homestudy agency. We have had so many problems with our homestudy agency - losing papers, incorrect notarizations, never getting things finished on time. It is almost complete incompetence and it drives me crazy! We have contracted them to do the post-placement reports for the boys and they did the original homestudy so it doesn't make sense to search for a new agency to complete the updates/new paperwork. I'm really hoping that this one time they manage to do everything correctly and finish their part of our dossier ASAP. As soon as we get their documents, we can get everything certified and off to Kyrgyzstan it goes. Yeah! My only other concern is that we need to get a new I-171 issued showing the change of countries; we can't apply for that until they get the updated homestudy. I pray that the BCIS processes that much quicker than they process most of their paperwork. If we happen to get a referral sometime soon, we will have to wait to travel to meet her until we receive our updated 171. I can't imagine knowing that there is a little girl on the other side of the world waiting to meet us, and us having to wait for the slow wheels of the federal government to turn.
But I guess we'll cross that bridge if we come to it. Right now, everything is moving right along. Soon we'll be finished with paperwork (again!) and I'll be obsessing every time the phone rings!
*Edited to add: I am also thrilled that Astrakhan is moving again!! It looks like several families have received referrals/court dates. I am so excited that more Astrakhan children will be finding their forever families!

15 comments:

Wolf family said...

Hi! We spoke with your husband EARLY in our process to adopt from Russia (as a reference family) and I have checked in periodically via your blog. Blessings as you begin a new journey--it sounds like the Lord has given you a real sense of peace and affirmation at your decision to switch to a new country. I look forward to watching things progress for you there. May it be a swift and smooth journey to your daughter!

Troy and Rachel said...

I am so glad you are able to pull everything together so quickly. I can't wait to learn more about the process in the new country.

Adrienne and Jim said...

This is GREAT! I hope the form is processed quickly so when you do get your call to meet your daughter you won't have to wait on anything! You've waited long enough! I am really interested in following your journey to Kyrgystan and seeing how the process works! This path may be in our future too :)

jessy said...

WOW!! Things much be much easier to be moving so quickly. So, do I understand right? Could you actually be getting a referral call any day? I'm so excited for you!

Carey and Norman said...

That is amazing how quickly you've completed all your documents. As we all know, God will allow our adoption to work in his time. I too become anxious, but we both know that the hiccups allow us to meet our child at the perfect time. So, enjoy those boys b/c you will have a little princess to add hopefully very soon!

Many Blessings!!

Carey and Norman said...

Oh yeah, could you add a post soon on your new country and the similarities and differences to Russian adoption.

Thanks!!

Mom to 2 Angels said...

Glad everything is moving along, I hear you about the Kyrg dossier being easier than Russia!

Christen & Frank said...

Hey Aly,

I would love to hear more about the new country. Similarities/differences.... for those of us in the prep stages :) Will be fun to follow along on something a bit different than Russian adoptions.

Michael and Carrie said...

I'm happy for you all that your documents seem to be coming along so well and so quickly! It sounds like it is has been much easier than the Russia dossier. I hope that your I-171H comes fast, too, and does not hold you up at all. Good luck with everything!

Susan & Randy said...

I'm glad to hear that we aren't the only ones dealing with a home study agency that manages to mess EVERYTHING up. It is so frustrating. I really hope your agency gets it's act together and your documents are sent to you soon!!

Becky and Keith said...

The joy of home study problems! We've had our share too. I'm so glad the dossier is easier to pull together and can't wait to see what happens next!

Scarlett_333 said...

I am so glad things are moving quickly for you :)

Nikki

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Rachel said...

Yea! I am so excited that things are moving. I cannot WAIT until I get the email from you saying you have a referral! And the idea of a Russian/Kyrgyz comparison isn't bad!

Maria said...

Hey Allison! Thanks for your comment on our blog. I've been reading through yours too. I know of one other family that I've made contact with that is also in front of us (probably just before you too, I'm not sure). I'll be excitedly waiting for YOUR referral because I'll know that we'll be close behind! Feel free to email me sometime at mblatham@charter.net.