December 5, 2007

Making A List, Checking It Twice

Our dossier arrived at CHI's main office in St. Louis yesterday and was reviewed by the Ethiopia Team Program Director. Short of a few missing documents (all of which we faxed over this morning) it passed initial inspection! I say "initial" because I have a feeling that the revising, reviewing, and resubmitting of documents is one of those things that is never ending in this process. The prefix "re" is commonly used when preparing a dossier! This list has been made, checked, rechecked, and re-rechecked so many times I've lost track - we definitely put Santa Clause to shame in that department.

Of the documents that were missing most of them had to do with CHI's additional requirements and not necessarily dossier requirements. CHI is very dedicated to ensuring that their waiting families are well educated and prepared for the adoption and parenting journey so they mandate things like DVD courses, online testing, parent education classes, reading specific books and engaging in self reflection activities, etc... This part can be a little overwhelming when you're in the process of gathering so many other documents, but it's important to remember that at the end of all of this we're going to be parents and you can NEVER over-prepare for that job!

CHI emailed me that our dossier should be in Ethiopia in 2 - 2.5 weeks which lands in the December 18 -22 range. Merry Christmas!


julie said...

So true that you can never be over-prepared for the job of parenting! Im getting so excited for you! And im so proud of you for exemplifying patience in this whole process! God's hand is definetly in this adoption! YEAH!

Gamma! said...

I second what Julie said, plus, thanks for sharing so faithfully. It makes me feel like an intricate part of the process and that's special. And now onto watching "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." Some things are just too important to miss and I'm glad you are so hooked on traditions! Can't wait to make more of them with you and Baby Bean someday SOON!

Stacie said...

that's great. I felt such relief when our dossier went over there in Sept. All of my paperchasing was over. I say I b/c all of it was me, except where Taylor HAD to do the DVD watching/tests, self reflection etc. This is so great for you guys.

Misty said...

Woo Hoo!!! That is so exciting for you. You must just want to breath a big sigh of relief now...hopefully the wait is a short one!