In boring-but-important adoption news, we finally received notice this week that our I-600A has been extended. The I-600A is essentially our pre-approval to adopt from Ethiopia, and it was originally approved on 10/30/2009 (in the form of the I-797C that officially moved us from the paper chase to the waiting phase of our adoption). The document is only valid for 18 months, so we started the process of renewing it at the beginning of the year. We had to provide an updated home study and later we were informed that we also had to re-do our state and FBI clearances (yay, more fingerprints!), so we had to request an extension. Thankfully, even though technically the approval expired on April 29th, we are back on track and our paperwork is now good through October 29, 2012.
Also, we spoke with our home study social worker earlier this week and officially discussed our change in age range. Thankfully we were able to do this over the phone (our agency is about an hour away, so it’s not exactly convenient) and our social worker considered this to be a very minor change, so the whole conversation was brief. She should be getting us our updated home study next week, and once we provide it to our placement agency, our change will be official. Then I can start obsessing about the referrals in a different part of the weekly update chart from our agency.
[Oh, and yes, we’ll have to update our I-600A approval AGAIN to reflect the age change. But we’ll deal with that later…]
While it’s never exactly fun to be re-doing things we’ve already done (like I-600As and home studies), at least it gives us something to do. The adoption waiting game can be a lot of sitting around and twiddling thumbs, so it’s definitely good to feel productive in some way. Feel free to remind me of this positive attitude when we have to re-do our dossier (soon) and I’m cursing over all of the stupid paperwork, notarization, and certification!