Our part anyway...We had the last of three meetings with our home study specialist (Mandy) today, and I'm pretty sure we've given her all the paperwork we owed her. So next week sometime she is supposed to email us a rough draft of the home study to review.
In our meeting today we discussed issues like attachment and bonding. She recommended not allowing anyone aside from ourselves to care for the child for the first month or two (i.e. no daycare, no church nursery). Which may sound ridiculous and extreme to some people I'm sure, but I've actually experienced caring for someone's recently adopted daughter...and she really did seem to be traumitized by the experience so I'm taking Mandy's word as golden. You know what that means- I will be one of those people who takes their child into the church service only to completely distract everyone else! I apologize in advance to our fellow Cliftonites!
Here are our next steps in the adoption process: we are currently waiting on a couple Letters of Reference. Once those are recieved, we will have obtained all of our paperwork (Yay!) At that time we will send EACH document back to their respective Secretary of State for authentication. We also need to apply to the USCIS (US Citizen and Immigration Services, formerly INS) to adopt internationally, but we're still saving for that fee. We're making good progress! I even got my passport last week (Matt said he thought I'd won the lottery by how excited I was by this).