Our social worker spent the morning with us for our final home study visit! We are approaching a really big milestone – completion of the home study (HS).
Here’s my best understanding of what comes next:
The social worker will finish up the first draft of our HS. She will make sure that it meets requirements for both our HS agency and our placing agency. We will be given a chance to review it, and then we will send it “to the state” for approval (not sure which office actually handles that piece).
Once we receive that approval, we will be able to apply to USCIS (immigration) for an important form that needs to be included in our dossier (the official application to Ladybug’s country). At some point after we apply to USCIS, we will have to go for a biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment. And then, I think, we will be able to notarize nearly every document in the dossier, and then send it to the Colorado Secretary of State (I think?) for apostilles. An apostille is the state’s way of verifying the authenticity of the notary.
Once our dossier is all prepared, we will be able to send it off!
Please pray us through these next steps. Because I’m not super duper familiar with the timeline, I suspect I will have a hard time waiting for each mini-step. Pray that all involved in this process are able to work efficiently and quickly – ourselves included!
This process is definitely reaching the summit of one mountain only to find a taller mountain in the distance!
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” -Romans 5:3-5