Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Paperwork Journey... Again
So after several changes, we've begun the paperwork journey again. Well, sort of.
We got our dossier back from our previous agency and I spent that last several hours scanning each document in order to send it to our new consultant for review. We've basically moved to an independent adoption, but we are working closely with a lady whose former position at the U.S. State Department was the Adoption Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, Congo. Her role was to review adoption cases in the Congo and issue visas once the cases were approved. So, if anyone is going to know about how to adopt a child from the DRC, Danielle will know. She's the one that we are sending our scanned dossier documents to.
So we've kind of started the paperwork again, but we already have much of it in place. We'll probably have to get some updated medical letters and background checks, but overall we have what we need. We got our newest I-171h in the mail from USCIS reflecting our pregnancy last week.
It's fun to feel like things are moving once again. Please pray for us as we make a decision about working with a particular attorney in the Congo. Danielle has connections in the DRC with people who run orphanages and have children available for adoption. She recently presented us with an attorney who will be able to locate a referral for us, and we are praying about jumping on board with him.
The recent changes in our adoption journey have set us back a little bit financially. I've found out by talking to others that this is not uncommon to encounter unexpected costs or increased fees even after you agree to a certain estimate. The independent adoption is cheaper than adopting through an agency, so our total costs at the very end will be almost identical. However, over the next few months, we will need to do a couple of fundraisers and perhaps recruit more Lifesong support to cover travel costs and other miscellaneous costs (visa fees, DGM fees, etc.). So, keep your eyes peeled for fundraiser opportunities. We've got a couple in mind that might prove to be quite fun. We also still have some t-shirts for sale ($20). If you want one of those, you can contact us here or via Facebook and we'll get it to you.
As always, thanks for your continued prayer and support. This has already been a longer journey than initially expected, but we know the Lord's timing is best and we are more than comfortable resting in His timing.
Adam and Liz<><