So much has happened this past week! With our home study being approved we jumped head first into finishing paperwork for our Dossier as well USCIS.
Our I800a was mailed last week and we received notice that it has been logged for processing! This is the application to request permission from US immigration to adopt a foreign child. We have to be finger printed again and than wait for the approval letter. The whole process is supposed to take 4-6 weeks.
The boys and I went to Madison to pick up our Apostilled Wisconsin documents. I did not google the address for the Secretary of State’s office. I thought it was near the lake. Nope! Right on the square! 😦 Now, I love the capital building! I think it’s a beautiful building and have always enjoyed walking through and around it. Just not with two small children by myself. We arrived on the square right at lunch time. It was crazy! We made a few laps before finding parking on a side street. The meter used all my change. It’s about 90 outside, Mouse is trying to sleep, and Moose is tired. I hauled the boys (with the help of GPS) to the right building, up to the 10th floor, to find out they are closed for an hour. I didn’t have enough change to cover that long in the meter so we had to leave. The boys were happy with the McDonald’s chicken nuggets they got as a special treat though.
When we got back to the square I had to find a parking garage because I was out of change. That meant a longer walk for a sleepy Moose. With the help of GPS we found the building again, got our paperwork, and headed back. Only this time we got lost. Thankfully, people in Madison tend to be friendly. After some help we found our way back to the car and headed for home.
I thought that was an adventure. Until we went to Chicago to get Illinois Apostilles!
SO grateful that was Jason and I and not me with the boys! The Secretary of State’s office is in the heart of Chicago, near Macy’s and Trump Tower. Finding a parking garage was a feat. And then it ended up costing $32! For less than two hours! We got our form filled out to Apostille 15 documents only to find out they no longer take credit cards. We had to go find an ATM. We got back with cash to find out Illinois didn’t like how two of our forms were filled out and wouldn’t apostille them. Since we had driven two hours for this they said they would wait for us to go get them re-notarized and come back. Again, SO glad Jason was with! They gave us a map and sent us on our way. I was so lost! I have no idea where we went or how we got back. Now we are praying and hoping that these new notaries will be acceptable as they are NOT what our adoption agency gave us to use.
All that to say, our Dossier should have arrived at our adoption agency this afternoon. And if everything is ok with the new notary will soon be on it’s way to be translated for submission to the LCA.
You may have seen that our finance page jumped a LOT this weekend. We paid $890 in fees to USCIS last week with our I800a application. We had to pre-pay our home study agency for our Post Placement visits. We had already paid for four visits with our initial fees, but our daughter’s country requires seven. Those three extra visits were another $900. And also $9,228 to our agency for fees due with our Dossier.
And that will lead me into my next post about our Trike/Bike-a-Thon Fundraiser. 🙂