This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
...signed in and got a number and didn't even have time to sit down in a chair before our number was called. Hand over receipt, watch clerk thumb through a tall stack of papers, pull ours out, attempt to thank clerk in Portuguese, and head back out the door. Done.
- AWAA reviews our dossier
- The translator translates everything to Portuguese (should take a week)
- The dossier goes to Brazil and we wait for Brazil to approve as prospective adoptive parents
- The Brazilian court matches us with waiting children
- We travel, co-habitate with our kids for 30 days in the state where they live, and finalize the adoption in a Brazilian court
- Then we come home and start figuring out what it looks like to be a family of 4!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Congratulations, again! Attached you will find the I800A scanned copy of the approval and the next step instructions that are sent with the approval in the mail. The approval notice will be sent today in the mail and a copy also sent to your Adoption service provider.
Thanks for your patience and Happy Holidays!
I apologize for the delay today, our systems went down! I'm approving you case as we speak! Congratulations!!!! I will hurry to scan your approval!
Take care and once again Congratulations and Happy Holidays!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
- Please send us 2 matching squares of 100% cotton fabric (new or recycled) 5" each. (If you need our mailing address, please email me or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.)
- The squares need not be pre-washed, and may be embellished if you desire to do so. Please keep in mind, if you decide to embroider or decorate, that the quilt will need to remain washable, and that we may crop the 5" squares down to about 4", so keep your decorations toward the center of the square.
- Include a written prayer or message [we decided not to confine you to the elusive "enclosed" index card--be creative!] with a small piece of the same fabric attached to it--I will make these into a scrapbook.
- Please have it to us by the before February 14 so that we can get started on sewing the quilt.
- Also, please type a message or prayer into the comment section of this prayer post. We're trying to keep a good record for our children. Feel free to post a message even if you aren't able to help with the quilt. The prayers are what matter.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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Monday, December 08, 2008
Well, it feels like I've been on the phone all day long, but I think our USCIS crisis is averted. The agency sent us a description of the Brazil-specific requirements and the social worker sent us an addendum answering all the "deficiencies" USCIS pointed out.
I even got an email from USCIS:
if all areas are covered in the addendum [and we think they are] this would make the case Hague compliant according to the regulations and would be approvable.
What I think that means is that we're all set, and they should approve us very soon! This feels monumental, but I've decided that nothing else in this process will be monumental until we get on an airplane to Brazil. I can't let my heart get all tangled up in disappointments about paperwork. It's a distraction. We’ll celebrate our milestones, but no more counting down days to something that isn’t meeting our kids. Too much heartbreak.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
History of Abuse or Violence as an Offender: In reviewing your home study, we have identified that it does not include evidence that the home study preparerasked the applicant, spouse, and any additional adult household member whether they have a history of the following: substance abuse, sexual abuse, child abuse, or family violence, whether it be in the US or abroad even if such history did not result in arrest or conviction. This information must be documented in the home study. In addition, please notate the applicant’s and/or any household member’s responses to the direct questions. Please note that a single offense may constitute a history. If there is a history, the home study should also include the following information:
1. The dates of each arrest or conviction or history of substance abuse, sexual abuse or child abuse, and/or family violence; or,
2. If not resulting in an arrest, the date or time period (if occurring over an extended period of time) of each occurrence and
3. Details including any mitigating circumstances about each incident.
Each statement must be signed, under penalty of perjury, by the person to whom the incident relates.
Criminal History: In reviewing your home study, we have identified that it does not include evidence that the home study preparer has inquired about any criminal history of the applicant, spouse, and adult household members. Any criminal history must be detailed in the home study. If criminal history does not exist, this should be noted in the home study as well.
Country Specific Requirements: In reviewing your home study, we have identified that it does not include a statement of the facts relevant to the applicant’s eligibility for adoption in the indicated Convention country, in light of the specific requirements of that country. Please include this in your home study.
I hope this information helps. Once the revisions are complete please forward an electronic version to me for preview before sending the original out to the address below:
Department of Homeland Security
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Steven Curtis Chapman has been nominated for Most Inspiring Person of the year on a Web Site called Belief Net. It includes all faiths, so it is awesome that Steven is being considered for this honor so that Christ can be honored! You can vote once per day, so come on everyone....VOTE! Above is the link to the voting page. Thanks!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tuesday = Talents
Thursday = Trust
Friday = Faith
Saturday = Salvation
Sunday = Sanctification
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
- Once our USCIS approval finally arrives, the translation process will take about a week.
- Our dossier will be sent to several different Brazilian states where we will be approved by the State Judiciary Commission of Adoption (CEJA) of each state. Luciana says this step usually takes about 3 months.
- Then once we're approved, the courts look for a referral for us that matches our requests (a 2-child sibling group age 6 and under). This could be a couple months or a year, depending on available children and the other families on the waiting list. We're told that requesting siblings is favorable, and being flexible with our age range would make our application even more favorable--and make the process go quicker. This is the most unpredictable part of the process.
- Limiar has access to information about waiting children (most of whom are older than the range we're requesting right now.) Luciana will share this information with us within the preferences we give her. Meaning, if we are open to considering larger sibling groups or older children, she will pass those referrals on to us to consider. She stressed that we are the only ones who can discern whether a a specific child is our son or daughter. There is no pressure or obligation when we review a referral.
- If we identified our children through Limiar prior to the court identifying them for us, the process would change a bit. Not sure on the details there.
- Either way we go about it, once we accept a referral, we will have to request the Brazilian court's approval with a petition to adopt our children. We would also begin the process of applying for our travel visas. This could be only a few weeks after accepting a referral.
- Limiar and AWAA will walk us through what documents need to travel with us when we go to Brazil.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
My mailbox is empty too. Still no USCIS Approval. Somehow running straight for the mailbox every day hasn't sped the process along at all, so far as I know. Stopping home "on the way" back to work after running school-related errands didn't speed it along either. I'm thinking about calling CIS to find out what the status is. Maybe tomorrow. They are closed for today.