First batch of paperwork is done, which means our first step is almost done. We eventually got off our behinds and finished the last of our paperwork to turn in prior to home study. Everything has been accepted by the agency and is currently awaiting review by our social worker. Once she has gone over it, we will schedule our last two home study meetings and then wait for home study approval before moving on to the international portion of this process (eep).
Since we’re so close to “Batch Two” of the endless paperwork, we have been reviewing what will need doing while we await on adoption approval from US Customs and Immigation Services. There is a long list, I may post tomorrow. It’s even more daunting that this first batch because South Africa demands (and rightly so) a lot of verification. They are entrusting us with a child to raise, and therefore we will march across this great nation (read: drive around the city and mail out to my home state) for all the ceritified and apostiled paperwork they desire.
So now we wait for a home study date and pray it’ll happen before D heads out of country for his work. He will be out and about over the next couple of months, leaving me on my lonesome to cuddle bunnies and keep my nose to the grind as I finish graduate school. With a little luck, we will hopefully have our dossier in country before I walk, cap and gown, in May!