Where is it?

January 5, 2007 at 9:41 pm 1 comment


We are still waiting for the first part of the holy grail of international adoption. It is the I-171H. Also known as “Notice of Favorable Determination Concerning Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition”. It comes from the Department of Immigration and Homeland Security after filing many papers, copy of approved homestudy done by the social worker,and getting child abuse index clearance and FBI fingerprints. It’s been in the San Jose office for awhile now. I just learned that there is one, count it, ONE dude whose job it is to go through petitions for international adoptions. Sorry, that is just so frustrating to find out. The form you fill out to get your I-171H is the I-600a and it always is printed on a salmon colored sheet of paper. They do this, thankfully, so that when they see salmon, they are supposed to say, “Hey. Let’s get this thing in the hopper.” I am just betting that the salmon paper…..it does nothing. They say, “Hey. Another salmon. Put it on the bottom of the pile.” I have made an olympic sport out of going to the mailbox. The kids in the neighborhood shout up to me from outside, “Tiiiiiinnnnnnaaaaaaaaaaaa….maaaaaaiiiil’s heeeeeeeereeee!!” I run down the stairs, have the keys hanging by the door, and run to the mailbox where I have been invariably greeted by bills, catalogs, the occasional card or letter, and magazines. But no I-171H. She isn’t there. Do you think it comes on ‘lemon’ colored sheets of paper so that it will compliment the salmon? Or green for dill? Right. I’ve completely lost it now. I hate the weekends now because there is no mail on Sunday.

On a positive note, getting our letters of “good conduct” from the local sheriff was painless, fast and friendly. The woman writing (and notarizing) our letters was curious and warm and wished us luck. So, all we need now are our doctor forms notarized and the dossier gets sent off to Kyrgyzstan. WOAH! Meanwhile, we wait for our referral which could come at any time. Apparantly, we are now fourth on the waiting list. That is good. Progress is good.


Entry filed under: Adoption, International Adoption, Kyrgyzstan.

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  • 1. Shea  |  January 6, 2007 at 9:03 am

    We just got the corrected copy of ours yesterday! WooHoo! I can stop raiding the mailbox multiple times a day!



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