While our home study was leaving us feeling like we were wading through molasses a few weeks ago, we began praying and asking for prayers that our dossier process would be swift and help us make up for lost time. Do you know things are happening so quickly now that I can hardly catch my breath? Thank you so much for praying. It’s working!
(Random photos from our Awana Grand Prix and other recent adventures to follow:)
We picked up our home study from our agency and submitted our first stage immigration application by FedEx the same day on April 2nd. This past Monday, the 20th, we received our appointment letter to go have our fingerprints taken! This morning we walked in and were able to get our fingerprints done, so we can expect our I800a immigration clearance (the Golden Ticket, as it is called!) to arrive in about 2 weeks if all goes well.
That piece of the dossier puzzle may not end up being the one we’re waiting on in the end. We also need a copy of Trevor’s UK birth certificate, which his mother in England has graciously agreed to send off for us for authentication. That may still take a couple weeks to arrive as well.
One thing we will *not* be waiting on that we thought we might be is Trevor’s new passport. We noticed during our home study that his passport was expiring in April, so he sent off just a couple weeks ago for a new one. Let me tell you, Her Majesty’s Passport Office was speedy! It arrived this week as well.
We have appointments on May 8th to get our medical clearance letters from our doctor. We applied for our police clearance letters today, which should take about a week, and we still have a scavenger hunt of other bits and pieces to track down when Trevor is off next week, but things are happening!
Once our dossier is submitted (that’s DTC in adoption speak), we can expect about a six month wait to travel. But when we travel, it is for keeps! Unlike Niko’s and Delia’s adoption, we don’t have to say “hello and goodbye” this time. “Hello” will be the first day of “Forever”.