A couple weeks ago we finally received our completed, finalized, and notarized home study, via Fedex! I tried really hard not to attack the Fedex man when he dropped it off, because I wanted to make a copy of it and send off our I-600A application, AKA Application For Advance Processing of Orphan Petition. This allows us to get our FBI fingerprints and then hopefully, after review of the fingerprints and application and home study, we will get our I71H, which is officially called the, “Notice of Favorable Determination Concerning Application for Advance Procession of an Orphan Petition”. This notice is our very last document we need to send off our dossier to Ethiopia! It is basically the approval that we can raise a "foreign" child in the US.
Anyway, I received that at 4:45 in the afternoon. All the post offices, besides one, closes at 5, the other one closes at 6. By the time I made copies and gathered the documents together, I made it to the post office with 10 minutes to spare! The awesome postal worker even held the USPS truck that was getting ready to leave, since I was sending it Express Mail! They received it the following day and last Saturday, we received receipt from them saying to keep an eye out for our biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment. Hoping to get that soon!! :)