Pray for us this afternoon.
On Wednesday we got our notices in the mail for USC.IS (US Ci.tizen.ship Immi.gration Services) biometric fingerprinting. We’ve already sent out our fair share of fingerprints, but this set is different from FBI & DHR clearances. It is a set unique to international adoption. It is a super high-tech type of fingerprint, and we will have to go to Birmingham to get them made.
I was on Cloud 9. Brad & I each had a separate envelope, and I felt like a child at Christmas, trying to rip open my matching package before the kid next to me. This is, after all, the last tangible step we’ll take before we see a picture of our baby!
But when I read the notice, I saw that they scheduled us for a fingerprint appointment date which had already passed. (sigh) The notice read in bold, “If you fail to appear as scheduled, your application will be considered abandoned.” After two hours of holding on the phone and searching the internet, I still was unsure about our next step.
This is when I am ESPECIALLY thankful to have an agency as our advocates. Yesterday morning I popped an email over to Claire at Lifeline, and by lunchtime, she had a plan of action for us. We’re going to the Birmingham USC.IS office in person this afternoon to see what we can do. I want to avoid major delays at any cost.
Oh the joys of having no clue what you are doing! Please say a prayer for us… I’ll post next week about how the Ugandan adoption process is expecting new delays in general anyway, so we would love for this step to work out smoothly today!