Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Who knows what this is?

Yes! I have USCIS approval, hooray! The approval came over the holiday weekend and a week before my next big fundraiser (which is now this coming weekend, I'll make a post about that tomorrow).

Many of you are probably wondering what this whole USCIS approval is. In order to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States, I had to be found suitable and eligible to adopt under U.S. law by USCIS (United States Citizenship & Immigration Services). At the time I applied, I also had to submit a copy of my home study. The home study for Hague Convention countries includes detailed information about your health, finances, home, background, etc. Then, I had to go to a local USCIS office to be fingerprinted for the purpose of conducting FBI criminal background checks. After that, I had to wait. During this waiting period is when I received the letter stating my home study was missing some required information and I had to mail USCIS an updated copy.

With this USCIS approval, I am now one step closer to bringing Zola home. I still need to finish up a few forms for my dossier and then I can submit it!


  1. Congrats on getting that Golden Ticket as many of us in IA call it.