Skip to main content

Dossier Paperwork

The other day Jon and I had an hour meeting on the phone with our AGCI caseworker - we officially now have our own caseworker!!!  She discussed our Dossier paperwork that WHOLE time. The Dossier is what will be sent to Ethiopia. It will include our homestudy (which includes a bunch of other paperwork), our education hours, and then a bunch of forms such as birth certificates and criminal checks. We have 6 months to complete all of this work. We can get it done sooner as well, but some of it depends on how quickly we get things back in the mail, or how quickly our homestudy caseworker writes things up.

For anyone interested, especially those who are thinking about adoption, here is the paperwork checklist to be sent in with all of our paperwork. There are 26 items...

1. Notarized & State Certified Power of Attorney Form   2. Notarized Power of Attorney Form   3. Statement of Reason to Adopt (Application Letter)   4. Notarized Photocopy of USCIS Favorable Determination Letter   5. Notarized Photocopy of US Passport for Father   6. Notarized Photocopy of US Passport for Mother   7. Official Passport Photos (2 photos per parent)   8. Photographs of the Family  N/A 9. Photographs of the Family’s Home   10. Home Study w/Copies of Social Worker & Agency License   11. Letter(s) of Employment for Father   12. Letter(s) of Employment for Mother   13. Financial Statement   14. Birth Certificate for Father   15. Birth Certificate of Mother   16. Certificate of Marriage   17. Medical Form for Father   18. Medical Form for Mother   19. Local Criminal Check Letter for Father   20. Local Criminal Check Letter for Mother   21. Letter of Reference from Family Member   22. Letter of Reference from Friend   23. Obligation of Post Placement Reports   24. Two Complete Copies of Entire Dossier   25. Fees due w/Dossier Submission   26. Proof of I600A Submission to USCIS  

Notice how just about everything must be notarized!? We even have to have our medical/physical exams notarized - so if our clinic doesn't have their own notary, then we have to bring a notary public along to our clinic!  The night of this meeting I had a reoccurring dream that everything was being notarized, but then we were making mistakes on paperwork so things had to be notarized again and again and again... let the adoption dreams begin!!!

Next week we have our first adoption education class to attend. It is a meeting with other parents in the process of adopting. It will be a full day. I'm looking forward to meeting other people in our area that are in this process. We will also begin doing some on-line coursework and we have a workbook to start filling out together as a couple.

I'm still making lots of Owie Owls!!!  Keep spreading the word, as they have been a GREAT fundraiser for us! I enjoy making them!  :)

Alright, off to play Candyland with my son... he is currently singing "You, you, you, You can Trust God..." one of his favorites. I love it when he sings this, as it is such a good reminder for me too!

In Christ,


  1. You are an inspiration, Jon and Mara! I am so very excited for you two, Caleb, and your future little family member. I am praying for you!

    Jody Gilster


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

To the man who raised our son - In Memory of Pastor Dan

If all of us can only understand what compassion and grace truly mean,  this world might be a better place.  ~Pastor Dan Montenegro
There is a person I have dreamed of seeing again. I imagine our Tope, ten years older, as a young man, going back to where he was raised the first five years of his life. The walls of his orphanage would take shape and memories would form for Tope, memories that he would both share and keep to himself. We would share our memories too. Memories of when the gate opened and we first saw his face. Memories of the children that surrounded us, watching as he met his Mom & Dad for the first time. Memories of the caretakers that had spent so much time and love on our little boy. And then we would not just see the building, the new children living here, the memories of past and present, but we would see Pastor Dan standing there, standing proud and grinning as he would hold out his arms to embrace our son. 
This man.  He is kind, gentle, humble. He is a servant …

A feminine touch

How often do you think God looks down upon us and laughs at the things we think and say? I have to think, if I were God, I would be having a good chuckle at least every other hour just listening to my thoughts alone!

Here was His chuckle...

Mara: "I think we are destined for all boys in this house. The craziness of these boys! oy! This is my life."

God: "Lol! Haven't you heard that Everyone agrees that girls are much harder than boys!?!"

Mara: "For certain the only "cute" clothes I will buy will include a collar and buttons."

God: "Hehehe! You do realize that girls don't just need a pair of tennis shoes for the winter and sandals for the summer, right!? They need dress shoes, sandals, tennis shoes, cute boots, real boots, shiny shoes, easter shoes, christmas shoes...."

Mara: "It would be fun to have another female in this house. These boys could use more feminine presence. They are much less crazy. "

God: "You as…

Until we meet again: A Fostercare Goodbye

For baby girl and big boy A -

Here is the time I must say goodbye to you, my sweet, sweet children. For almost four months, you have been a part of our family, a part of our daily life, and a big part of my heart.

Please know I do not see this as a forever goodbye, for I know I will see you again. It may be next month, catching up at the park. It could be next fall, waving in the hallway at school. Maybe we will see you at your next birthday party, and I can see how tall you've grown. Or perhaps we will attend your graduation, and congratulate you on the fine young adult that you are. And in the card I write you, I'll remind you of the the four months we had together, and how you still have a part of my heart.

Although maybe the next time I see you, time will have passed by many, many years. I will be at the store or I'll be walking down the street and I'll think-what a beautiful and confident young woman that is, or what a handsome and kind young man he is. You won…