Praise God once again for His provision.....11 of us needed fingerprints for our I600a
These are the 11 of us who are 18 and over still at home...I call them our "Briggs team". Or the A team of caregivers and they are super! They also are required for our adoption to all be fingerprinted at a USCIS facility for our I600a approval. In almost all of our adoption journeys I have stressed about this part. Now since the girls all turned 18 last year you would think , " How do they coordinate getting everyone to get their fingerprints ? " 11 is alot to get together and our fingerprint appt. are in Baltimore which is a 2 hr drive. They have jobs, school including college schedules and our own childcare. I don't why I always stress but it might be do to the "personality" of the USCIS. ( If you have ever adopted you understand my comment). In the past they have not been my favorite authority to deal with....However for both of our Ghana adoptions- the previous one and this one now we have been amazed at how wonderful our communications have been and their willingness to work with our unique family. We received Paul's and mine appt. notices to get our fingerprints last wknd...but not the 9 others because they are not the petitioners and the system usually assigns an officer who then looks at your homestudy and then sees you need other people fingerprinted and so it looked like it was going to be a long , drawn out process just to get us all there. Also for our earlier adoptions ( 9 and 10 yrs ago) we could go to a closer facility. ( They actually recognize there because of how many times we have done this). We also ask but no one ever has let us go there. Until this time. Paul called and got a personal phone number from the I600 unit that the applications are all mailed to and has been communicating with them. This am an officer called us and said that she called the closer facilty herself ( she did not have to) and they agreed to accomadate all of us when we come in. Even though we only have 2 letters for Paul and me. Also we can go anytime now even though our date was for Feb. 14....So most of us will be going down to get this down Friday...and we are praising God today because we know that it was Him who set this all up....When we are obedient to His will than He puts His plan in place- and we are always amazed at how He does this. As much as I love adoption and growing our family , it is the best thing ever to be apart of what the Lord is doing...and to watch His plan unfold. Thank you Jesus for your provision once again ! I can't wait for the next part....eagerly waiting and praising Him for allowing us to be apart of this journey.
I am adding this info...because you asked. The biometric fee for one set of fingerprints is 85. So multiply that times11 plus the application fee for the I 600a and we paid $1655.00 just for one of the steps to adopt our 3 from Ghana...I did share before that the Lord met that need...It was the stress of getting us all there and hoping to use the closer facility that was met this am.. :)