- Judge decided to grant our petition!!!
- We start working on our USCIS I-800 application, and all the documentation that goes with it. Lino has to get copies of the kids' birth certificates, so we asked him to get more photos and info about clothes/shoe sizes while is at their home.
- CEJA creates a document called an acordo, which is an agreement between the Judge, CEJA, and the US Department of State
- Until very recently (a couple weeks ago) no one knew who, from the US Department of State would sign the acordo, since the Hague Treaty changed all the rules. Seems like it's almost all sorted out (thanks to another AWAA family getting their acordo before us) now and we should be able to be one of the first families to creep through the new channel.
- When the acordo is all signed, a Letter of Invitation (LOI) is generated
- A copy of that letter comes to us so we can get visas, a quick 2-day process
- The letter itself goes to the US consulate in Rio because they will be the ones to issue visas to our children. (Visas that make them automatically US citizens when we arrive home.)
- USCIS approves our I-800 application which ensures visas for each of the children
- Meanwhile, Lino makes our court appointments and we make our travel arrangements
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!