As I mentioned a couple of months ago when we renewed our USCIS fingerprints, we’ve reached the point in our adoption process when we have to start doing some things over again.
The next thing that will expire is our I-600A approval, which is the US government’s pre-approval for us to adopt an international orphan. This was approved back on October 30, 2009, and is good for 18 months. It’s a simple process to renew the I-600A itself, but in order to renew it, we have to submit an updated home study. Since my last experience with USCIS taught me that they’re moving pretty slowly, I want to make sure we have our renewal paperwork submitted in January. That gives them over three months to complete the renewal process before the document expires at the end of April.
So, a few weeks ago I contacted our home study agency about starting the process of updating our home study. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that this process is much simpler and shorter than the original home study. [Seriously, if they had told me we had to have the fire marshal inspect our home again, I might have lost it!] Thankfully, we only had to provide current financial information, provide an update on major changes in our lives (we noted only that Craig’s mom had died and that he had started his PhD), and have a short form completed and signed by our doctors noting that we’re in good health. I worked on the papers this weekend, and we both had our doctor appointments over the past week. We were also able to get started on some of our travel vaccinations through our regular doctors’ office.
We will meet with our social worker in early January, she will make the few necessary updates to our written home study document, and then we’ll send everything off to USCIS. It’s actually been good to have this little bit of activity on the adoption front. After so many months of just sitting and waiting, it was nice to be able to actively DO something.
Oh, and in related adoption news, our agency is having a great month in terms of referrals. There were 5 infant referrals noted in our last weekly update, and wow, was that good to see! The time people are waiting is now listed at 20-21 months, and that’s about what I expected given the previous lull. We are now approaching 14 months of waiting, and it’s starting to seem like this might actually happen someday!