I’ve been asked quite a few times lately if I have any update on our adoption. Really, the answer is no. Nope. Nada. I’ve got nothing to report.
And I’m generally okay with that. We estimate that we still have about six months to go until we receive a referral. But that’s all it is – an estimate. It could be sooner, it could be later. I’ve been thinking for quite a while that we’ll likely receive a referral this summer. So as long as “this summer” is still in the estimated time frame (and it is), it’s all good in my mind.
As I’ve noted before, we keep an eye on our agency’s weekly updates, where we learn about how many referrals have gone out. There’s a column in the table that says something like, “Time Families Have Waited,” and that’s the one I watch, since it notes how long the families who accepted the new referrals had waited. Right now, it says 21 months. We’re at 16 months. However, there haven’t been any referrals in our request range since early December. So who knows what that number will be the next time a referral goes out.
The only real information I have to report is that we submitted our I-600A renewal paperwork about a month ago, after updating our homestudy. That wasn’t a terribly cumbersome or exciting process. A little more exciting will be the updating of our dossier, which we’ll probably start on in the next month or so. We’re waiting for our agency to direct us to do this, and they’re working with families in order of expiration, so we’ll just wait for our turn. Pulling together the dossier was a bit of a P.I.T.A., so I’m not really looking forward to doing it all again. However, our documents are all dated August/September 2009, and that’s getting pretty old. It’s much better to update them now than end up with a problem later.
So, that’s the update. As I said, it’s not much of an update, but it is what it is. We continue to keep busy and the time keeps passing by, so it’s all good.