From my understanding, and what I have read (keep in mind that the adoption process is different from country to country, and region to region within that country).
1) Homestudy: This entails a social worker coming to my home, and possibly my going to their office too.
they will talk to me about the adoption. Expectations within the process, as well as after. All along I will be gathering many documents such as Birth Certificates, Medical examinations for both Nicholas and I, letters of reference, and many many more.
2) Passport: I already have one, but I am going to have to order one for Nicholas. I plan on taking him for the second trip there to take Vika home.
3) I600- Once my homestudy is complete I can send in my I600 (a federal document) with my homestudy.
4) Wait::::: For my Finger printing date
5) Documents: Send registration dossier to Russia.
6) Wait::::: For approval from USCIS
7) Travel: To Russia for the first time to meet Vika. The purpose is to meet her, and to notify the courts that after meeting the child that you do have true intentions of adopting.
8) Wait::::: For a second travel date to go back to Russia to pick Vika up.
There is so much more to each of these steps that I am fully not privy to yet... I will update it as I go and learn. I look forward to sharing this experience with everyone!!
All of the things are dependent upon each other. All the time I will be doing fundraising to make this all come together!
There are times in your life when you feel deep within your heart that something feels right. It is a feeling deep within you that feeds your heart with happiness. It is a feeling that you believe in, no matter how difficult, no matter how demanding something may be, you know that it is right. You know you have to follow your heart.