We’ve had a couple of new developments on the adoption front this week. First, we were assigned a social worker to conduct our home study. This is pretty exciting, since it makes me feel like we are actually moving forward instead of just drowning in paperwork. I don’t think she’s going to want to schedule our interviews until the last of the paperwork is in (medical forms, autobiographies) but now this will hopefully be a little bit of motivation to wrap up those things. I feel like we’ve already done all of this work, but really, the actual process hasn’t even begun yet!
We were also instructed to file our I-600A with the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). By filing this form, we are essentially asking for pre-approval to adopt a foreign-born child. I’ll post more on this later.
As for not-so-great news, we were notified that some of the fees for our placement agency are increasing as of July 1st. Ugh. While Craig and I repeatedly say to one another that this adoption decision/process is not about money, it’s hard to watch an already high figure go even higher. I have moments of panic every time I think about the financial implications, some of which are already quite evident as we go through this first phase. But, it is what it is.