"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Adoption Details

Wow! I didn't anticipate the magnitude of paperwork we would have to complete in order to adopt.

I am currently working on the dossier which is just a fancy name for a bunch of formal, notarized papers that Bella's country needs to approve our adoption.

We completed the interviews with our Social Worker yesterday. She will take all the information she collected in four two-hour interviews, in addition to our many-paged autobiographies, references, etc., and condense this down into the official Home Study.

Once the home study is done and notarized, it will be mailed to Immigration Services for approval to adopt. Once we get the approval in the form of a letter called the I-171H, we can ship the papers off for translation. We are hoping to ship the whole shebang off by the end of March, if not sooner!

Please continue to pray that God makes the rough spots smooth and that we will be able to bring Bella home in the not-so-distant future.

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