Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wishful Thinking...

Just an update on the adoption from how I know it. It's what I've gathered from talking with Judy at Global, reading on the internet, and talking with friends. My timeline may be a little (maybe even a lot) off, but I'm trying to look at the positive:

We have sent off to get a fingerprinting appointment. Should have that back in a couple of weeks and approval a couple weeks after that. From what I understand, we don't have to have it on our first visit, just by the second court visit in EE. Still not sure on this one. We'll just play it by ear.

We have finished our homestudy and are in the process of compiling our dossier(a big chunk of paperwork) -we have three documents that need both of our signatures and to be notarized still-- that has to be notarized, county certified saying that the notary is legit, and then apostilled at the state department in Nashville saying the county certification is valid (hoops, hoops, and more hoops). We send it to EE for translation and to register with the courts that we want to adopt a fairly specific child (we've identified her "special needs," age, sex, other characteristics that we know of). It takes about two-three weeks to get registered, then we get the call that we are matched with our daughter and start making travel arrangements. So, best case, we could be traveling to EE around the end of February/first of March and possible bring her home end of March-sometime in April. This, of course, is if everything goes PERFECTLY as I have planned. If you know anything about adoption, you know nothing goes as planned. But, we have faith that we will be in EE at the perfect time; even if it's not our perfect time, we know it is in HIS plan. 

Just thought i'd let you guys know. Keep praying for us as we go through this. It's almost out of our hands and in the  EE and US Government's (scary!!).

Now, these are my wishes, hopes, dreams. I know this is probably not reality, so don't burst my bubble people. I know that we could not get her until the end of the year (of course I hope that's not the case) but I know that is the reality of adoption. So, right now, MY plan is to have her home by Spring Break and take the rest of the school year off with her and enjoy the summer learning, holding and kissin' my three babies.

I'll keep you posted as our timeline gets adjusted... : )


Kim said...

Hi, Elliotts! We are wishing you the best in your adoption endeavor. Just donated a small amount, but every little bit helps! We have a son Eli with achondroplasia and are willing to help if you have any questions about dwarfism. Sending love and prayers your way!

Julie said...

congratulations to you all! i'm a polp member and just read your introduction. i have a 2 1/2 yo son with achondroplasia. i'm so happy for everyone and wish you all the best. there are a lot of polp members and groups on facebook if you are on there.
take care!!
Julie Holland
Springfield, OH

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