We are heading to the post office today to Fedex our IAP (Initial Application Package -- along with $2500).. that's all the legal stuff that will officially make us a active client of CWA. Yay!! Next we will be assigned a Case Worker who will help us along in the process. We are also in the process of interviewing and contracting with a Home Study Provider. This person will interview our family, come to our home, and look through tons of documents (medicals, clearances, financial, references, etc.) to make sure we are a good match for adopting a child. This entire process could take up to 3 months to complete because of all of the paperwork we will need to get together.
While getting all this paperwork together, we will also be starting our adoptive parent training and filing our immigration paperwork.... Lots to do, but all of this will bring us one step closer to our little girl.
Please continue to pray for us as we go through the mounds of paperwork and legal stuff. Please continue to pray for our boys, as they anxiously await their baby sister's arrival home (...although, they are still hoping that they will get a brother . .). Eh... only God knows which child belongs in our family, so we will wait for His decision and not question. This is God's work, not ours :)
Maybe in our next blog, we will explain what brought us to adoption, and why Ethiopia.