Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Golden Ticket

The 171h arrived in the mail yesterday. I opened the letter with the USCIS return address like little Charlie opening the Wonka Bar he purchased with his last dollar. Inside was our Golden Ticket. The big prize!

Most PAPs (prospective adoptive parents) understand the importance of this document. It's a biggie! If you don't remember, I'll fill you in. This document is actually just a letter telling you that you have been approved for the terms you requested in your home study. In our case, up to three kids ages 8-16. The embassy in the country for which you are adopting gets a cable informing them that you are approved for adoption there. This letter is the culmination of all your hard work stateside; the home study, the social worker visits, the fingerprinting, the background checks, the child rearing classes, the peering into your life with a magnifying glass by outsiders. A USCIS officer looks at all your information and letters of recommendation before rendering his or her verdict. For the second time, we received a favorable review and have been granted our 171h.

It is this 171h that allows you to get an immigration visa in your adoptive children's passport and, in turn, allows them to become US citizens the moment they land on US soil. It's your Golden Ticket that gets your children to Wonkaland!

~ Felix ~


Adoption Adventure said...

We understand your feeligs of elation when that envelope arrives. Excitment and a huge sigh of relief. You are getting so close praying that the rest of the waiting goes quickly now. Rhonda & Mark

Barb said...

Actually it is your golden ticket that gets your CHILD to Wonkaland!

Heidi and Felix said...

Thanks, Barb. I missed that and corrected it. Sometimes my typing gets ahead of my brain. Hope to see more comments from you in the future. Blessings,


The McEacherns said...

Congrats! But now you've got me craving chocolate!

Conethia and Jim Bob said...

"I've got a golden ticket!" I watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Saturday night! Hurray for you guys. Once major step closer.

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