It seems that each adoption is held up at some point or another by paperwork-or the lack thereof. Well friends, we are in that place right now. We are waiting for ONE paper. One really dumb piece of paper from........you guessed it (or maybe you didn't) Washington DC-the most bureaucratic 68.3 square miles in the US or A.
What is the paper we are chasing? A child abuse report to insure that while we were living in Washington DC for five months in 2006
we didn't abuse or neglect a child in our care. Washington DC reserves
the right to take 30 days to return the form to you. We filled this
form out in August. They sent it back to our agency in October because
silly us, when it asked us to fill out the addresses we have lived at
since the age of 18, we thought they meant in the addresses in DC
(it is a child abuse check for DC only--we also filled out separate
forms for Maryland and Michigan). No, they wanted every single address
we have lived since the age of 18--in and out of DC. So now they are
allowing themselves another 30 days to get to our file again. The
supervisor NEVER answers her phone or returns voice mails. So, we wait.
This paper is all we need to complete our homestudy
report-which needs to be completed before we can obtain an I-797 which
is the only document needed to complete our Dossier for China.