Thursday, November 17, 2011

Submitted to the Embassy!

Today our adoption case was submitted to the American embassy in Ethiopia.  Hooray!  One big step closer to bringing our girl home!

So, now we wait to get an email from the embassy which typically takes 1 to 2 weeks.  The email will either let us know we have been cleared and can schedule an embassy date (for often as quick as 1 week later), which we will travel to Ethiopia for, pick up our daughter and get to come home with her, OR the email will be a request for more information.  Lately the embassy has been requesting something on nearly every case, it seems.  They have requested an interview with birth parents for relinquishments (even though the interview was already done by the Ethiopian court), requested to interview police officers for abandonments, asked for more documentation or corrections of documents already submitted.  Then once you submit whatever the embassy is asking for, they can still come back and ask for something else, or send your case for further investigation with USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration).  All that to summarize why we still don't know when we can go get our little girl -- could be 2 weeks, could be 12 weeks from now.  Please pray we clear quickly!

Ethiopia is 9 hours ahead of us, so the email from the embassy will come between 12am and 8am our time -- hmmm, think we'll have any trouble sleeping these next few weeks as we wake up at all hours of the night just dying to check our email and see if maybe we have one from the embassy?  And people wonder why pre-adoptive parents suffer from adoption induced psychosis!


  1. I will be praying this goes quickly.

  2. Gosh, and I thought the 4-or-so-week window for waiting to go into labor was hard! Praying your news comes quickly, and that you can sleep in the meantime!


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