Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Paper Chase Continues.....

Today lots of paperwork....yet again. Oh my, does this ever end...I have 4 notebooks full of paperwork and it still grows! At least we now have a picture of our girl and somehow it seems easier to jump through the hoops. As our LOI (letter of Intent to Adopt) is sent and Shiloh's file is locked in for us, now begins the process to make it happen. I sent a large stack of paperwork and forms and a copy of our Dossier to our new agency, along with the fees due them. I then contacted our old agency about our immigration paperwork, which expires on 12/5/09. (Fingerprints and immigration papers expire every 18 months, that was the reason for our updated home study.) I still have not told our old agency about our sending LOI for Shiloh as our new agency has asked that we only do so once we have PA (Pre-Approval.) This is just to make sure that nothing changes until we know for sure Shiloh is ours. So it takes about a month to get a PA back. This signifies that China has briefly reviewed our information and thinks it is OK for us to adopt Shiloh. Once we get PA then it is pretty for sure as long as we produce anything else that China would like to see. "WELCOME TO THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION".....I have been told and now believe that it is not for the faint of heart. And so now I have this little girl over 7181 miles away from me and I can't sleep at night worrying she is OK.....It is going to be a long 5 months or so! I was told by others that this wait is even harder once you know who your child is. I think I believe that.

1 comment:

Aaron and Erica said...

Hi Kim,

I got your comment on my blog. I would be more than happy to talk to you about anything, although I sure don't claim to be an expert! My email address is ericaterryhammond@hotmail.com. I can also give you my phone number but I'll wait to receive an email from you first.

Your daughter is beautiful. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

Kind regards,