Monday, December 12, 2011

Getting a few steps closer to bringing Ivey home

Here's what we have been up too since my last post:

We are a few steps closer to Ivey!!
Our home study was officially approved!
We sent off our immigration papers!
We got our fingerprint appointments 12/28/2011

So now to work on our dossier:

Dossier: When used in the context of adoption, this term refers to a set of appropriately authenticated and translated legal documents which are used in international adoption cases to process the adoption of a child in its own country by the adoptive parents, or for the adoptive parents to obtain the legal custody or guardianship of the child in the foreign court, so the child can be brought by the adoptive parents to the United States for adoption.

a little explanation of our next process:

After our fingerprints are completed we will receive a document stating that we are approved to bring a child back into the country. That document is part of our dossier. While we wait we will continue gathering all of our dossier documents and once we have that approval letter from USCIS we can submit our dossier. It can take 6 weeks or so after fingerprinting for us to receive the approval letter. So here's praying this next step goes quickly, that we get all our dossier paperwork together in a timely fashion and our fingerprints are accepted. Once the dossier is submitted and translated for Ethiopia we wait for our referral (the time right now is 8-14 months). So we have a ways to go, but we are getting closer and closer.

We appreciate EACH of you for all your support, prayers, hugs, love, donations and thoughts.
We couldn't do this without each of you.

with lots of love,
Tobi, Corey


  1. Glad to get an update! Prayers and good wishes for you and Ivey. - Anne

  2. Thanks for the comment Anne and for staying up with it -sorry I was slacking on the blog post :)

  3. I have been praying for you guys to do this for oh so long:) You will be wonderful parents! I can't wait. What a blessing...Nellie and Olive will have a new sibling ! We just adopted Kelse, Wayne's biological niece. She is 17, and a great kid. So now we have a 17 and a 13 year old! Yikes.

  4. You are so sweet Jennifer :) Yes Nellie & Olive are very excited lol ;)

    That is AWESOME about your niece - congrats - what a beautiful family you have. xoxo

  5. Thrilled for the update, Tobes. I am so antsy for Ivey that I can't imagine how you guys feel! Will keep sending up prayers for you.

  6. thanks Connie :) LOVE YOU!! Can't wait for Phoebe and Ivey to be friends!