Location: Kokomo, Indiana, United States

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Wednesday's Adventure

March 1st was a busy day. After teaching two periods in the morning, I took the afternoon off to go to the Citizenship and Immigration offices in Indianapolis. I arrived there at 1:30, and after being searched and "wanded" by security, I was allowed in. While waiting I saw about 25 police cars and motorcycles converging on the same building down the road. Not sure what was going on there, but it made the wait to speak with someone less monotonous.

As you can imagine, submitting this government form (a thorough background check to make sure we are good candidates for adoption) required much hoop jumping. It seemed like everyone I spoke with had a different opinion about what forms we needed, if copies were ok, and when we should submit the forms. Everything seemed to go smoothly when I turned everything in. We are waiting for our homestudy (social workers visit us to make sure we are good candidates for adoption and that our home is not a health hazard) to be completed, and that leads us to the second part of our day.

Before the home study can be completed, we had to meet with the social workers who are completing it. Their offices are north of Fort Wayne, about a two hour drive from us. After leaving the Immigration offices at 1:50, I drove home to pick up Alisha so we could get to Fort Wayne by 5PM. We made it, although we were a little late due to missing a turn. Everything went smoothly, and they gave us some homework to do before they come and meet with us at our home. We have to answer about 70 questions about our personalities, childhood, education, church involvement, married life, and how we interact with children. It's pretty extensive.

Hopefully we will get those assignments turned in this week so we can schedule our home study for next week. Once we get that done and they get their report finished, we have to submit the homestudy to Immigration, then they set up a fingerprinting appointment, and then they process our application to adopt a foreign child. Phew! Most of the process is a patience-testing waiting game.

Well, we need to get our homework done, so we'll talk to you soon.

Gary and Alisha


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