Yesterday we received an email from WHFC (our placement agency – the one that works in Ethiopia) introducing us to our new case worker. Up to this point, we worked with a social worker at WHFC, who helped us through the home study process and the dossier. Now that we have completed those things (minus the pesky USCIS approval), we will work with our case worker through the rest of the journey. Essentially, she’ll be available to us for questions and concerns, and ultimately she’ll be the one we hear from when we receive our referral.
There were two exciting things in the email about the case worker assignment. First, it said that we would not be able to talk with the case worker this week because she is in Ethiopia right now. That’s so awesome! I guess this excites me because I know she is actually visiting the country, seeing the children, spending time at Horizon House, and working with the in-country staff. And second, based purely on her name and by looking at her photo, I’m 99% certain that this woman is actually Ethiopian. Awesome again! (Yes, I just judged a person by her name and by the way she looks. Bad, bad Kelly. I will remember this and try to teach my future child not to do this, although if we’re finding other Ethiopians maybe it won’t be so bad?)
So, we will touch base with the case worker next week and talk with her then. At this point, I don’t think there’s much to talk about, but we’ll see what she has to say.
I have to say that I have been very, very pleased with the level of communication from WHFC. Last week we had a call from our social worker on the very day that our final home study was delivered to us. She let us know that she received it and that within a week or so, we’d be assigned a case worker. And then we got this email yesterday doing just that, within the time specified. We had prompt, polite, and helpful communication regarding our many dossier questions, and we enjoyed a couple of nice conversations with our social worker. Good communication goes a long way in my book, and we definitely haven’t had any problems in that regard with WHFC. That’s good, since we will be working with them for a very long time!