Posted on December 14, 2017
We have said multiple times since beginning this adoption journey that it is a long, oftentimes draining road. Today, however, we are thrilled to share some happy news that we are celebrating, as we come close to crossing one of this road's biggest hurdles: our home-study process is almost complete! The final drafts should be notarized on Friday, and copies of the report mailed out. This means:
- We will be able to take the next step, which is applying for our USCIS approval. As of right now, the estimated waiting time for that process is 8-12 weeks. We are learning so much about patience through all of this.
- We can spend that waiting time compiling the last bit of paperwork and fundraising the next chunk of money needed. Our agency requires $10,000 for our bill to be paid in full and for our dossier to be sent to J's country once we have USCIS approval.
Of that $10,000, we have nearly $6,000 (which is incredible, by the way, and would absolutely not be possible without you!!)
- We can start looking at grants to apply for! Again, the grant process involves many weeks of waiting (like the USCIS) and we have no way of knowing for certain if we'll be approved for one. But we won't know until we try, and we are only able to try once we have a copy of our finished home study in hand!
The road ahead remains long, and we are sure there will be other hurdles to cross before this is all said and done. But for now, we celebrate, and we thank each and every one of you who donated, bought t shirts or necklaces, spread the word, shared the campaign on social media; you are an incredible village, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We realized this week that the date we signed the application for adoption was September 16, 2017. It feels like so long ago, but in only three short months, we have come so far, and we have you to thank! Here's to the next leg of the journey!