We have been approved for the adoption of a child from a foreign country by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Yesterday we received Form I-797C (all government forms seem to have form numbers!) from the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. The form simply grants us approval for the adoption of a child from a foreign country.
This approval was granted in response to the Form I-600 (another form number!) documents we completed in early April, which included being fingerprinted (BTW, the letter also informs us that our fingerprint checks will expire on 07.19.2008 so if, for some reason, we have not received our child by then, we will have to complete this paperwork again!).
Now we’re waiting primarily for two things. 1) A referral from the adoption agency giving us the name and photo of our child, whom we expect to go and receive about three months after referral. 2) We’re also waiting for our passports to come; we’re expecting them in the next couple of months, but as you may know there is a large backlog due to changes at the borders with Canada and Mexico.
Anyway, just another small step in the process now behind us.