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Lora Dykstra - 2009-03-20
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I’m excited to report some of the decisions we’ve made….we want a pair of siblings from Ethiopia!!!  We are hoping for a brother and sister, but would be open to both children being the same gender.  I never pictured myself the mother of 4, but ever since we started talking about adopting, God has really opened my heart to it.  Now, when I think about adopting only one, it makes me a little sad.  Weird, but true.  

I’m also excited that our Homestudy is almost complete!  We have had to do some “running around” to get some of the paperwork were it needed to be but now I believe our case worker has all the doctors reports she needs (the lab messed up Chad’s blood work and wasted one of the blood draws on the wrong test, so he had to go back and to get poked….twice….they missed the first time and fished around a little and then went to the other arm…ouch! ….and the dr. office misplaced my paperwork so I had to wait for them to locate it.)  We have also both completed our required 8 hours of on-line training (some of it very informative, some just tedious).  We will meet with our caseworker next week to read and approve the homestudy which is very exciting (and expensive, because the balance of the branch fees are due).

The completed Homestudy is a large milestone!  Once we have the case study, we can start the Immigration Pre-approval process.  We send the homestudy along with our birth certificates, marriage license, and another big check so we can get finger-printed and have our paperwork processed.  This Immigration process usually takes about 3 months.  During this time, we will be collecting all kinds of paperwork for our Dossier.  We will also be doing more reading (learning), and visiting with others who have adopted (especially looking forward to meeting families in the program).

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