After the Chapman concert we began to pray. We asked people in our church to pray, friends to pray, family to pray. We wanted to make SURE this is what God wanted for our lives. The cost of an international adoption is great and we would need a miracle to afford this expense.
On May 23, 2005 we began the steps necessary in our adoption process. We interviewed several adoption agencies and decided on America World Adoption Agency. And so the "paperchase" begins.
It took us quite a while to gather all of the papers needed to complete our Dossier. Application letter, birth certificates, marriage certificate, physicals, blood work, financial statements, employment letters, Home Study, Police reports, fingerprints, passports, biographies, family photos. CHECK!!! We had it all! Certified & authenticated!
On August 23, 2005 we had our fingerprints done & then waited for our I-171H to come.....we waited and waited. For some reason, this VERY important form was held up to the point of all of our other documents were expiring! We sent a letter to the FL senator on 12/12/2005 expressing our concern and on 01/23/2006 we FINALLY received Adoption Approval!
Our papers were headed to China!