Friday, January 15, 2010

Time to Renew

The photo above really has nothing to do with this entry whatsoever. It's just
bright and colorful, and I need that right now! I love papaya. And I appreciate
how in Mexico you get lime with just about everything. I love limes too. OK, now
to get to topic.
Our I-800a is going to expire soon. We will need to renew it since we haven't received a referral yet. I have had this in the back of mind nagging me. And now I know why. There's more to it than just sending in the simple looking form, Supplement 3.

Apparently we need to have a home visit by our homestudy social worker, and the social worker needs to verify that everything is still the same as the original homestudy states. If anything has changed in our circumstances, it must be stated in a report. If everything is the same, the social worker still needs to write a report saying that nothing has changed.

We know our social worker will be sending for new clearances from the places we have lived in the last five years. We've only lived in one location these last five years, so that part is at least not complicated. We probably need other things too like new medical exams. We're getting clarity bit by bit.

So there is a bit of a panic here as we are try to figure out what we need to gather before the deadline, so our approval doesn't expire.


Deb said...

Isn't Mexico a hauge country along with the US now? if yes, then you must have child abuse clearances from all places ou have ever lived.

Not fun for someone like me who move every 18 months as a child due to my father being in the Army.

I am dreading it.

Love and hugs,

Kathleen said...

HI! Yes, Mexico is also Hague. It is a lot of work gathering all those child abuse clearances, for sure. But we only had to get them from the places we've lived since turning 18. And that is for the original homestudy submitted for the I-800a. When updating homestudies to extend the I-171h, we were told we only need to get new clearances for the places we've lived for the last five years. That's our current understanding. Subject to change with future enlightenment!

Nikomas said...

Hi Kathleen,

Just wanted to let you know that my wife and I are glued to your blog. About 4 months ago we started the process of adopting from Mexico. We haven't been able to find much information or stories from people who have had successful adoptions from there. Needless to say the lack of information and stories is beginning to worry us.

We'd love to hear any advice you have or information you can share on your experience! God Bless.