Thursday, August 18, 2011
Another Application mailed today!
Drum roll please...Celebrate Children International!! (http://www.celebratechildren.org/) Let me tell you, this was a super stressful decision. I literally toiled over this for the past 3 months. There are a lot of agencies but ultimately I kept coming back to this one. Mostly because they have two options (Ethiopia and Congo). A lot of the other agencies, although bigger or more reputable, didn't have a back up plan. Adoption can be unpredictable and scary and if for whatever reason Ethiopia were to suddenly have problems or stop their programs all together I wanted another program to transfer to within my agency. A lot of other agencies only had one other program that we would be eligible for and that is China, which has a SUUUUPER long wait.
The home study paperwork and the adoption paper work (also known as a dossier) is very similiar so it's commonly recommended that you do the pape work for both at the same time because it saves a lot of effort. We are talking about getting copies of our birth certificates, marriage certificate, back ground checks, finger prints, doctors evaluations, etc.
So that's where we are right now. Our adoption application went in the mail today along with our application fee, a family photo (the new photo I just posted to the right!) and 5 reference letters. I will wait to hear back from the agency on whether we were accepted as clients and they will then send me the paper work to complete. It could take anywhere from 2-4 months to complete all of this so stay tuned folks...