I was quite pleased with the timing of our vacation in terms of the adoption stuff. We had completed our home study visits and the rest of that project was left to our social worker. We also had completed everything that we could for the dossier. Several items in that paper chase were underway and I honestly thought they would all be waiting for us upon our return. Specifically, I thought that we would have received Craig’s medical form, both of our gold seal police forms, Craig’s employment verification letter, and the final certification of our power of attorney from the US State Department. Aside from one reference letter and the notarizing of a couple of documents, these are all we need to submit our dossier packet.
As soon as we walked in the door yesterday, I went to the pile of mail that had accumulated over the 10 days we were gone. And none of the anticipated items were there. Not even one.
I’m also a bit annoyed about our home study. Our social worker originally told us that she would have the home study written up by August 13th. Since our last visit was on August 3rd, I think this was an overly ambitious deadline and I wish she just hadn’t mentioned that date to us at all. Around that date she contacted us and said it would be ready the week of August 31st, which is this coming week. She also noted that she would surely have the need to ask us for bits and pieces of additional information as she wrote the report, and that she would contact us to help her fill in the gaps. However, we haven’t heard from her. I went so far as to tell her we would be offline last week and to call our cell phones instead of sending emails. So I guess I’m bracing myself that the home study won’t be written up this week, either. At this point I really want that to be done so we can get moving on our USCIS approval.
Argh. Back to reality.