Our SW said we could start stalking our local US.CIS office towards the middle of May to check on the status of our I600. For those of you that have been following along since the beginning of our adoption journey, you might recall the coveted I600a that I waited for all summer long last year. Well the I600a is the "Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition". We finally received approval for that at the end of August. Once we were matched with Poppy, we filed an I600, which is the "Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative". Well guess what folks, within just a few short weeks we have the highly coveted I600 approval!!! Technically we don't have it in our hands yet, but I called our local office to check on the status today and almost fell off my chair that they actually answered the phone, and then I almost started crying at my desk when she told me that our paperwork was approved earlier today. That happened much quicker than I expected! But don't get too excited - I don't know if that means Poppy will be coming home any sooner. Next week our I600 will be sent to the National Visa Center (NCV) so that her visa can get started. This could take up to 2 months. I will keep you updated as I stalk the NCV on a daily basis.
One of the most common questions I get about our adoption and specifically the switch to Korea from Vietnam, is whether we have to travel to S. Korea to get her. The answer is no. You do have the option to travel to pick your child up, but unfortunately, due to our current financial status, we simply cannot afford a trip to Korea at this time. Instead we are paying an additional fee to our agency to have her escorted to JFK airport in NYC where we will meet her. Realizing that we will not be able to pick our daughter up in Korea and meet her foster mother was very difficult for both of us. We do, however, have every intention of taking Poppy on a trip to Korea when she is old enough to understand and appreciate a trip back to her birth country.
And finally, today's quilt squares are from Marc's cousin, Danielle, and Aunt Kathy.