Families come in different sizes and take on many forms. I've always wanted to be a mom, and now I am thrilled to be taking this path to build my family. I have a wonderful big family and support system, and together we are excited to welcome a new child (or children) into our family with open hearts full of love and nurturing. We are a family of strong values, faith, and caring about others.
It is a long road to adoption. It can also be lonely in a way, going through the adoption process without a partner. My friends and contacts are truly important in this process, and I so value the insights and support of thgose who have walked this path before me! I am using AdoptionBridge as a means to tell my story and (hopefully!) gather support for my journey. I'll provide updates here in the Updates tab as the process moves foward.
October 2019 - with my home study and also all additional required education all completed (yay!), I am now starting on the dossier. I have submitted my i800-A application, which goes to Dept Homeland Security. This basically asks the US govt to bring in an adopted child from Haiti and they do a rigorous USCIS background check (different check than what is done during homestudy). I was fingerprinted on Oct 31 and they say a few weeks to process. Fees included 3500.00 most of that was for homestudy.
Nov 2019 - The dossier - this packet includes notarized and apostilled: bank letters, doctor letters, a psychiatric evaluation, birth cert, passport copy and extra photos, employment verification letter, the USCIS approval, and 2 letters of recommendation and my own personal "Request for Adoption" letter. Phew! All this will go to the govt of Haiti. My goal is to mail all this out by end of November 2019. Oh and there are fees - 6000.00 is due.
Sept 2020 - The year 2020 has introduced many challenges at home and worldwide, and my adoption process has also been unforutnately affected. My dossier is still "being worked on" at the Haitian Consulate, which is responsible to legalize the documents so it can be registered with IBESR Haiti's central authority, and the consulate had been shut down during coronavirus pandemic. The dossier cannot go to Haiti until this step is completed. We'll just have to be patient and wait while crossing our fingers they'll finish processing it soon.
Delighted to be able to get updates on the whole exciting process! Know we are all behind you every step of the way!
Jen I will support your path in any way that I can! You have so much love to give!!!!!
We are thrilled. Must get together and learn more. January? Glenda and Casey
So excited for you!!! Please remember you can always stay with me in Miami if you ever have a layover!