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The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Friday, December 10, 2010

Adoption Update.....

Things are moving right along in our process to adopt "Nathan"!

We received our homestudy draft today and it looks great!

Also today, we went to our friendly neighborhood notary Jean (doesn't everyone have one?) and got notaries on most of our dossier documents.

In North Dakota, you have to get your home study approved by the Department of Human Services. Our home study will be sent there next week for approval.

We will then send our dossier over to Nathan's country (along with 650 Euros) to start the translation process. We don't have to wait for our government's approval to send it over.

In the mean time, we will get a fingerprinting date and then will be in the "waiting" game to get the "golden ticket" aka I-171-H.

Once we get that, we go over to his country and begin the in-country process!

So far, this is faster and a bit more laid back than Ukraine. But time will tell..... :)

Does anyone know how long it is taking to get the I-171-H after sending in your application? Just wondering.....


  1. Check out my timeline on the left sidebar of my blog! I USCIS told me over the phone that we had approval on November 3rd. I had the I-171h in hand on November 17th.

  2. Thanks, Leah.....I'm off to look at your blog now!

  3. We received notification that our I-800 was received 1 wk. after we sent it. Exactly 1 wk. later, we learned (via phone) that it was approved. It took a few days more to get the paper in hand. Praying yours goes as quickly!

  4. We have been so busy with our new son that I have not even been able to keep up with my good blog friends! Congrats on your upcoming adoption!!!! "Nathan" is so beautiful - I thought so the first time I saw him on RR! He is so lucky to have your family! I will try to keep up with you guys! Blessings!


  5. Thanks, Ladies! We are sending our USCIS app hopefully this week! I will keep you posted!

    Kelli....congrats to you, once again!