Sunday, January 27, 2013

Finishing up Home Study & Dossier

Our Home Study should be done this week! We are so blessed! Since it had been less than 3 years since our last home study, Christian Adoption Services agreed to file it as an update which was a savings of $900! PRAISE GOD! Plus, because it was an update it only took 2 weeks to have it completed instead of the normal "up to 3 months" which means we also saved 2 1/2 months time! Wow God! Thank you!

Next we have our dossier left to complete. Since we had adopted before, we have already started collecting the documentation that we need for the dossier. This Thursday, Dustin and I have to have a psychological evaluation and testing (this is different than our other adoptions) but this is the LAST THING WE NEED TO GET DONE before we send our preliminary dossier to the Philippines! Woo-hoo!

Now, we have not submitted the USCIS paperwork yet (unlike with our Ethiopian adoptions). We will file the 800A USCIS paperwork once we receive the official copy of our home study (as the home study has to be included). We are not sure how long it will take to get approval from immigration, but as a rough guess, we are thinking about 2-3 months? They will give us information about where to go for our finger printing, and then that will be sent to the Philippines to COMPLETE OUR DOSSIER! Once the complete dossier is in the Philippines with the USCIS 800 approval, we can be officially matched with our children (there is no way to know how long it will take to get matched).

All in all, things are going very quickly and smoothly. Please continue to pray for our adoption process and for God's provisions.  Our friends trading us for their 15 passenger van, the savings on our home study update, and the many individuals who have already committed to donating items for the Quarter Auction are some of the ways God has shown His faithfulness by providing for this adoption, and we have no doubts that He will help us bring these children home if it is His will. We have already received 2 monetary donations, and we are thankful for all of the individuals who have listened to God stirring in their hearts to help bring these kids home. We could not do it without your help; thank you for being an instrument of God's provision. If anyone else would like to make a tax-deductible donation, there is information for online giving or where you can send a check directly to our adoption agency at the top left of the blog.

We are also still collecting prizes for the Quarter Auction which is scheduled to be Feb. 22nd. If you have a prize you would like to give, please email me:  We hope you will attend! It is a lot of fun. We will be organizing a yard sale too in the near future, so please start looking through your house for things you would be willing to donate!

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