Exactly one week ago, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an adoption hearing was held which proclaimed us Kiffanie’s legal parents! This is generally known in adoption lingo as “passing court”.
By the end of this week we should have all the necessary paperwork to file the next step with US immigration (aka USCIS aka the Department of Homeland Security). While she’s officially our daughter there, we need clearances to bring her home!
Here’s a very approximate outline of the steps ahead of us. Dates aren’t firm in private, international adoptions, and we know that God alone knows the future and holds everything in the palm of his hand.
Our Foreseeable Timetable:
- Pastor Didier gets the remaining documents to us in the next (1 week).
- We file those documents with USCIS (also known as Immigration or Department of Homeland Security): Processing and approval (takes + 2-6 weeks)
- After approval through USCIS, we get visas and travel: (+ 1-2 weeks)
- Once visas are issued, Ken goes to get her to bring her home! (Approximately 2 weeks)
Our best guess is still late March for travel. God’s been providing in many ways! We have a contract for sale on one of our rental properties, which is beautiful financial provision and will also help ease Ken’s schedule in managing rentals. We are trying to scale back outside commitments for the months ahead so we can just snuggle in as a family, and help Kiffanie bond and adjust.
Harp & Hammers DRC Fact: Lumumbashi (where Kiffanie’s orphanage is located) is the capital of the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Katanga is the wealthiest province in the D.R.C. When the Congo established independence in 1960, Katanga tried to assert its own independence from the rest of the nation. The two and a half year Katangese succession ended in its surrender and reunification with the D.R.C.