That would be our I-171 approval in the picture. Just a simple sheet of paper that says we are “able to furnish proper care to an orphan or orphans as defined by Section 101 (b)(1)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.” Our form has been forwarded to the American embassy in Bogota.

So our caseworker emailed this last missing piece to the ICBF review board. We should have the travel invitation and official referral from Colombia tomorrow, hopefully. Wouldn’t it be great to actually receive it by the weekend. That is what we’re hoping for.

What’s next then, you ask? All we have left to do is book our plane tickets and get our travel visas from the Colombian consulate in San Francisco. This could require an in-person request–meaning day trip to SFO. Hopefully not, though. It just depends on the day and the person behind the desk. 🙂

It’s real, it’s really really real! And, thus, the excitement begins.


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