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Hello, folks! Been awhile since I have posted. For those who don't remember me, my husband and I are in the paperwork stage of adoption from Guatemala. We are almost done with our adopting agency dossier, except for our home study. We finished our packet for the HS agency, and last Monday we were informed that our file had finally been sent off to a social worker. But we haven't heard word one from said social worker, and I wonder if that is normal. It has now been eight days. I don't want to be pushy, but I also don't want to be dragging through the system. We worked really hard to get all our paperwork done in a timely manner, since this is such a long process anyway.<br><br>
Tips? Encouragement? Reality checks? Thank you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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It sorta depends on what all you have done and what you are waiting on. You said your homestudy isn't finished but have you been fingerprinted and sent in your I600A? I know it really doesn't make a huge difference if your dossier is done until your HS is complete and you have your 171H. We had two agencies, one in MN and our placement agency in OH so we could only go so far until the other agency stuff was done. Also we couldn't accept a referral until we had our 171H where some agencies let you get a referral but you still end up waiting for your 171H before you can sign your POA. Does this make sense? If not i can try to clarify a bit more. I am so jealous, I would love another little one from there. Feel free to Pm me when you get close to traveling and I can let you know a few tips.
 

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Thanks for your response! We have all our paperwork done prior to our first interview for our homestudy....that is the contact we are waiting for from the SW. We have been fingerprinted and got those cards back, but our I66A is not submitted, yet. Our HS agency strongly recommended we wait until....after our first HS interview. But that's what we can't seem to get to....
 

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I think our homestudy took about 2-3 months to complete. What we did was file our I600A as soon as possible and attached a not saying that we would send in our homestudy when it was finished. That way by the time it took for us to wait in line to get to our file, about 2 months, by then we were done with our homestudy. Would this be an option for you? You could check and ask. Also there are a lot of changes right now with Guatemala as I'm sure you know and one thing I have heard mentioned is its important to have a receipt for your I600A just in case. Again everything seems to change week to week but its still something to think about.<br><br>
I would call your social worker and just say you are checking in to see if there is anything you should be doing and what the next step is. Also you could mention that you really want to homestudy portion to go fast with all the uncertainty of Guatelama and maybe that would speed them up.
 

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Call. Ask. Given that time is of the essence in completing Guatemala adoptions right now, your agency should be making every effort to get you through as quickly as possible. Is the homestudy agency separate from your adoption agency? Because if they can't provide responsive, quick service, you could go somewhere else. Lots of places can do a home study. Eight days is not unreasonable, but you are certainly entitled to at least having the appointment scheduled.
 

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Thanks Diane, I did just that after your post. The gal at the agency said that I should defintiely have heard form the SW by now, so she is going to gently prod her for us. Thanks for the assurance that it was alright to do so!
 

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so have you heard back yet?<br><br>
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