Saturday, October 14, 2006

Elianna Update #6

Lots of things to report this week:

1. Rick and I both had our first two home study interviews.
2. We turned in our I-600A form to Customs and Immigration Services. (see picture)
3. We had our Federal fingerprinting done. (see picture)
4. I met with our Home Study organization in Louisville and with our Adoption Agency in Lexington to go over paperwork.

Still to do: Apply for passports, get pictures made, wait on references and other paperwork to get done.

Goal: All paperwork turned in by November. Dossier to China by end of December. Dossier logged in February or March. Then approximately 14 month wait for a referral.

Please pray for us that all paperwork will be completed in a timely manner so that we won't have delays. Physical exams and criminal background checks expire after 6 months. We'll be cutting it close!


Michele said...

Yesterday (Sat. Oct. 21) the post office was having a passport fair. It was like the one stop shop for passport applicants. There were even snacks and goodies. It takes approximately 8 weeks to process. Please keep that in mind when you do apply for your passports...the time factor.

Kathy Mansfield said...

We got our passport applications turned in this past Tuesday. Yes, the 6-8 week time period will cut it close for us. Nothing else to do, though. For an extra exorbitant fee, we could have had the process speeded up . . . but, we chose to try our luck. Hopefully we chose correctly.

R. Mansfield said...

What got me was the $30 processing fee the post office charges in addition to the cost of the passport itself. All they did was staple everything together and put it in a folder to ship off the State Dept.

$30 for that? Problem is that I don't think a person can go anywhere else to get a passport other than the post office. So they've got a bit of a captive market there and can charge whatever they want.

Countdown to Elianna!