Thursday, October 9, 2008


I am pleased to announce that after many unforeseen delays, we have finally sent in our dossier and are officially on the waiting list! We were disappointed to learn that we did not receive a grant from Shaohannahs Hope. But thankfully, God in his provision seems to have made in unnecessary. The only thing we have to save for now is travel. We are happy, excited and relieved, and now we get to look forward to waiting (probably about 12 months). Although I know I will soon find myself impatient with waiting, I am glad to have all that time to read all those adoption books that are recommended. I have already read a lot of Ethiopian history and travel books. My absolute favorite is Journey to Ethiopia. It is a big coffee table book with lots of beautiful photos. I can't even find it on Ebay, but it is available at the library :) I also recommend There is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene. It's a non-fiction book that beautifully intermingles Ethiopian politics, history and culture with the story of a selfless woman taking care of AIDS orphans. It took me a few weeks to read because it kept making me cry. Anyway, I wanted to give you a glimpse of what we had to put into our dossier and what it involved.
Here is the list:

Dossier Papers
Page 1: Dossier Family Profile Summary
Page 2: Letter to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs
Enclosures: passport size photos of me and the hubby
Page 3-10: Certification of notary with Home Study Report
Page 11-12: Agency License
Page 13-14: Certification and Power of Attorney
Page 15-16: Certification and Power of Attorney
Page 17-18: Certification and Power of Attorney

Page 19-20: Certification and Power of Attorney
Page 21: my Birth Certificate
Page 22: dear husband’s Birth Certificate
Page 23: Marriage Certificate
Page 24: Letter of Recommendation
Page 25-26: Letter of Recommendation

Page 27: Police Clearance for me
Page 28: Police Clearance for dear husband
Page 29: Medical Certificate for me
Page 30: Medical Certificate for my dear husband
Page 31: Employers Letter for my hard working hubby
Page 32: Notary for 2007 Income Tax 1040
Page 33-34: 2007 Income Tax 1040
Page 35: Notary for 2006 Income Tax 1040
Page 36-37: 2006 Income Tax 1040
Page 38: Attestation and Declaration of Personal Conditions
Page 39-40: Bank Letter

Page 41: Certificate from Parents re: Post Placement Reports
Page 42: Copy of both of our Passports
Page 43: Form I-171H from USCIS
Enclosures: Two money order to Embassy of Ethiopia

Two checks to Department of State
Check to courier
Check to agency for certification

Check to agency for country fee, visa/medical fee
Also included:
-Two page Contact Agreement, signed
-Referral Disclaimer, signed


Anonymous said...

They don't make it easy, do they! That means if you REALLY want to adopt, you will jump thru the hoops and climb over the barriers. Just another day for a former Marine and mother of toddlers.
I will pray that things go quickly, so I can be there when I am retired in eight or so months. Going to start the countdown clock now. Mom

steffany said...

So much goes into a dossier.

Try putting three together in one year:)

Congratulations! Loved,There is no me without you.
Try,Long way gone. About Liberia, but amazing book.
You'll devour it.

Lynn said...

Congratulations! So excited for you.

Lynn in Doha
Waiting for a referral

Easties and Co. said...

Congrats on starting the wait! We hope to be close behind you. Thank you also for posting what all was submitted with your dossier. That helps people like me! It made me realize that we are close to having all of the info!