Well we have chosen an agency to do our homestudy, Across the World Adoptions (ATWA.) They’re located in Pleasant Hill, California (near Sacramento) but are also licensed to do international adoption homestudies in Santa Barbara County.
This homestudy thing is a lot of work! So many documents to get together for the INS, we have to do two seperate fingerprint scans each, we each have to get a medical, get Anna a medical, fill out detailed questionnaires about our lives, etc. I think this will be the most work we will have to do in the process (at least I hope so!) Meanwhile we are waiting to hear back from AAI to find out what we’ll need to get together for our dossier, to be sent to Ethiopia.
We’ll hopefully be sending in our homestudy application/fee agreement/fee tomorrow. I’m not sure at what point we’ll actually meet with a social worker.
I’m enjoying reading the book AAI sent to us, “Raising Adopted Children.” It’s very interesting and gives a lot of good things to think about.
Anyway, that’s the latest. Until next time…