It’s about time – we’ve got some news on the adoption process front!
We finally received T’s re-translated paperwork last week and were able to submit to USCIS for her PAIR review. This is the US Embassy’s pre-screening, which is part of the new process. This way we will be pre-approved to pass embassy BEFORE we go to court. Ethically and logistically, this is the way they SHOULD do it – so we are glad they’re changing it. We just don’t know our timeline since no one has ever done it. 🙂 Jeff got to experience the full guinea pig effect when we had to reprint her ET paperwork several times in various sizes to make the print quality work! (Before, it didn’t work like this, so our agency is learning right alongside of us!)
We also simultaneously submitted for an updated I-171H (our old approval was for a child 0-3 since that’s what we’d thought we were open to – HA!) and fingerprinting (ours were expiring).
So now… we wait to receive our PAIR approval letter. The “very estimated” timeline from USCIS is 8-12 weeks, but we have heard it may be moving more quickly! We also found out some exciting news that the judge in Ethiopia has ruled that families can go ahead and be submitted to the Ethiopian court while waiting on their PAIR letter (instead of once you have it in hand) -this should speed things up a bit! So, on the whole, we’re certainly feeling encouraged about things lately.
We’ve gotten a few more reports & pictures of our girl from families traveling to pick their kids up – I wish I could share them online! She had a new hairstyle and it is amazing. Girl has some curls! We also got her little note in the mail (the one we had shared a photo of – the family had sent a photo of it but we got the actual paper in the mail today). It was so surreal to be holding in my hand a note she had written us with hers. Whoa. From ET to NC!
Keep praying… things are finally moving and we’re so glad! Now we wait again – but at least we’re headed in the right direction.