Category Archives: home study


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 … Continue reading

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. –Reinhold Niebuhr Although I’m not a religious person, I’ve always had a great appreciation for … Continue reading

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A few days ago, we scheduled our home study update meeting with our social worker for this morning. The plan was to meet at the agency for an hour or so, then she would type up the minimal changes to … Continue reading

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home study update

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 … Continue reading

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second verse, same as the first

Now that we are a full year into our wait, we are reaching the point where we have to start doing things all over again. You see, things like USCIS approvals and home studies expire after a certain amount of … Continue reading

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and the giveaway goes to…

A total of 24 questions were asked in my first ever blog giveaway! I don’t have a cute little helper to assist me by pulling a name out of a hat (and trust me, the options with the beagles were … Continue reading

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home study – check!

Our home study is officially done! Barker is sending it to USCIS today. Woohoo!

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