However, it seems that we are nearing a milestone!
A few weeks ago, after creating a paper portfolio of our life, we sent this portfolio off to Montgomery to receive the official seal from the state of Alabama.
Here is a glimpse into where we have been in the process so far and where we are going:
Apply for and receive approval from adoption agency Complete courses online to educate ourselves about the adoption process as well as common struggles faced by adopted children Complete four visits with social worker Gather documents and recommendation letters for social work Social worker writes home study and has it approved by adoption agency Finger prints to receive clearance from state agency Have all documents notarized Have all documents sent to Montgomery for apostille (fancy seal) Send documents to Bulgaria for translation Biometric fingerprints for US Government clearance Medical examination
- Send US government clearance to Bulgaria
- Receive approval from Bulgarian government to be "registered" as adoptive parents
- Wait...wait patiently
- Raise money for final payment and travel expenses
- Travel for first visit
- Travel to pick up little girl
We pray that God will continue to teach us patience and endurance and that you will enjoy the journey along with us!