One of the biggest things that I dislike about adoption is the paperwork. It is redundant, time consuming, stressful, expensive, and needs to be done with meticulous care--- or you might as well be a glutton for punishment. Well that I am not---- and so I push forth my best effort to be quick and accurate, and cut corners where I can so that I can save time, money, and my sanity.
This being our fifth adoption----- I am pretty darn good at all of the above.
Did you know that you can schedule numerous doctor's visits on the same day?
Did you know that you can start your I-600A with a photocopy of your marriage certificate that you got when you first married instead of ordering a new one? A new one is needed for your dossier, but if you order one too early, the sixth month rule will apply so then you will have to reorder another one. That makes two notaries and two marriage certificates. I get by with ordering one.
Did you know that your homestudy paperwork is not an exam, nor do they expect you to write a book about your life?
Did you know that social workers don't walk around your house with a white glove on?
Did you know that it might be easier to get your doctor, employer, or bank to fill out the form you need if you take some of their letterhead home and print out the form the way you want it?
This adoption has been moving along like a constant babbling brook. I've interacted with some of the nicest people. As I gather the paperwork and meet with the necessary people whose signatures I need, I feel time and time again that God is showing me that He has us cupped in his hands.
All of our homestudy paperwork is complete--- medicals and social worker visit included. It has only been two weeks! Is that a record?
I started to fill out the paperwork to apply for Dennis' and Julia's passport and called the first place listed that processes applications. A friendly voice answered the phone, and we got to talking. Always thinking of ways to cut corners, I asked if I could authenticate notary signatures there too. This got me explaining that I need to do this so that I could apostille some documents.
The woman said, "Yes, I am familiar with apostilling. I had to do it for our adoption."
"Really? We have adopted too. May I ask what country you adopted from?" I inquired.
"Ukraine. We adopted a little six year old boy about six months ago."
What are the chances of that? This is so just not a coincidence.
"Really? We are doing paperwork to adopt from Ukraine and we came back with our little boy Dennis over the summer."
She exclaimed, "Are you the Reed family!!!?"
So to make a long story short, we common bonded by our adoptions , and she surprised me by offering to do one of the nicest things. She offered to notarize all of my documents for free!
That is so huge and so sweet and it is like a $200 donation! Thank you my friend! Thank you so much! Thanks for partnering with us to bring Alexsey home!
2 years ago