The Rummerys are adopting! God placed adoption on our hearts about two years ago as a result of mission trips we took with our church in 2009 and 2010 to an orphanage in Peru. Well, to be honest, Cindy has had this on her heart since I took a trip to an orphanage in Ukraine in 1998, and it has taken me this long to open my heart to adoption! Read More Here

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Getting Closer!

The extra documents we have been waiting on are making their way through the system. The Illinois DCFS has approved our updated home study, sent it back to us, and we forwarded it on to the USCIS. Our officer at USCIS approved both the supplement to the I-800a and the I-800, and sent the approval on to the US Visa Center at the Department of State.  This basically means that the US government finds our adoption acceptable and our new daughter is now provisionally eligible for immigration!

Soon the Department of State will send this approval to the Embassy in Lima where they will finalize the approval. Then the Embassy will inform the Peruvian National Secretary of Adoption, and we will receive permission to travel and bring her home!
Fun in the pool at Hogar de Esperanza orphanage!

We are trying to think through all that we need to do before we leave, and make sure we take with us what we need.  We are looking forward to spending time at the orphanage as well as at the teen transitional home, where we will live for two weeks while in Trujillo.

Please keep praying for this process, and for the adjustment we are all about to make!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More Paperwork

A few days ago we had a conversation with the US Immigration officer in charge of our case.  It turns out there are a few things we still need to do in order for all our paperwork to be in proper order to obtain approval to bring our daughter into the country.

The first two items deal with the reality that we will have an adult in our home this time next week(!!!).  Because Christina is turning 18 she not only had to get fingerprinted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, but we also needed to have statements in our Home Study that indicated her health status and some legal provisions.  The last item was also something that needed to be added to our Home Study regarding our qualifications to adopt a healthy child.

The travels of a US Immigration document.

These items are now written into the Home Study and awaiting State of Illinois approval before the process with USCIS can continue.  Hopefully this will be within a week or so, and we will be approved to travel in early February.  Please continue to pray for us that  we can travel soon to pick up our new daughter!