new developments

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.

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4 Responses to new developments

  1. Christine says:

    Yay to the two *huge* steps forward!! That's great!!

    Not-so-yay to the rate increases. We got slammed with one of those as well last year… and while now I can say every penny is worth it, I was _so_ frustrated back then!

  2. Emily says:

    Seriously… this whole thing is SO EXPENSIVE! Great to hear that things are moving along for you, Such a long and crazy process!

  3. Jodi says:

    Adoption should not be so expensive. It's ridiculous. And when they hit you with more fees, it's just not fair!

    I'm glad to hear that things are moving ahead for you! Yipee!

  4. chasingsaints says:

    Moving forward is a great feeling. Sorry about the fee increase. Our home study agency is increasing their fees a bit but "grandfathering" us in apparently since we're already mid-way through the process. Hopefully our placement agency won't add more. I know everyone is feeling the economic downturn but these fees still seem so high…

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