Well, adoption is a process...a slow one at that! As the days go by, we are making some baby steps. This past Monday, we mailed off the I600-A application. In order to adopt internationally, each family must be approved through the United States Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS). The approval allows families to bring a child born overseas into the United States and is a required step for a child to gain US citizenship. Also, yesterday, we were able to get our additional documents notarized. Notarization is necessary before sending everything off to be apostilled. An apostille certifies the aunthenticity of a signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted, and identifies the seal/stamp which the document bears. We will send the documents to Raleigh to the Secretary of State office which will apostille the documents.
There are a few papers in our Home Study that have to be re-done or another original still to be sent by our social worker. We are waiting on these items. Too, we have to let our family coordinator at America World Adoption look over our notarized forms to make sure they are okay before sending all the information to Raleigh. Hopefully, this will all come together sometime next week.
We really appreciate your continued prayers. We trust the Lord's timing in all aspects of the adoption.
Kim, Craig, Taylor, and Leah