Saturday, May 8, 2010

New homestudy agency

So a week after we got our dossier off to our agency we were informed our homestudy agency was closing. Thankfully our adoption agency doesn't think it will be a problem, but it is sad. We used this agency to adopt Oscar and they have been doing his post-placement reports too. So now the adoption agency and the homestudy agency that we started out adoption journey with are both gone. It is just sad to think how difficult it has become to adoption internationally. So many agencies have closed because people just can't do it anymore!
Hopefully our new homestudy agency will be good!

Dossier is on its way to Russia!!! - Finally

So after starting the homestudy process in December and dossier paperwork in January, it was finally all complete as of the first week of May! After lots and lots of re-notarizing and two trips downtown for apostilles everything was finally finished. There were over 160 documents when it was all done.
We started thinking we were going to Tver, Russia but after problems with IL notaries and Tver we opted to switch regions. The switch of regions caused all the re-notarizing. At least medicals didn't need to be redone!
So now we wait to find out what region will be best for us. Our agency will call coordinators around Russia in the next month and find out where our odds of a young, healthy little girl with the shortest wait would most likely be.