Ashley & Rebekah to the Rescue!!!

I have been working on getting all of our Dossier documents state certified so that they can get sent into the Chinese Embassy to get their seal on them too.  In this process I ran into all sorts of trouble getting my GA background check state certified.  The biggest problem was that I wasn’t sure who specifically to send it to and how much each seal would cost.  The extent of what I knew was that the document needed to go to the DeKalb county Clerk of Court’s office 1st and then it needed to go onto the Sectary of State’s office for their seal.  Every time I called either of these offices the person I needed to speak with didn’t answer their phone and they NEVER called me back.  It was so frustrating.

This is where Ashley & Rebekah came to my rescue :)  Ashley went to seminary with me and his wife Rebekah and I were running partners while I was living in Decatur.  On a side note… it was Rebekah that convinced me to run a 1/2 marathon with her & I’m so glad she did, it was awesome.  Anyway, they still live in Decatur and they agreed to take my background check into these offices and get the appropriate seals for me.

On attempt #1, Ashley took the certified copy of my DeKalb county police report into the county clerks office.  They looked at it and said he needed to get this other document notarized that swore that my original certified copy of the background check was a true copy of the original document.  He called me to tell me this and this just sounded crazy to me because what he was holding was the original copy.  After talking about it we decided that he would just take it down to the Sectary of State’s office on his way to school that night and see what they said.  I got a call later that night from him and he had another form that needed to be notarized which basically was saying that the person signing the form swore that the background check was the original copy given to me.

Well this present a new little wrinkle.  This new form had to be notarized in GA and preferably in DeKalb county which would be an 8 hr drive one way for me.  So Rebekah called a lawyer who goes to the church that she works at to see if Ashley could sign this new form on my behalf.  The lawyer thought that would work out fine.

The next day Ashley went in for attempt #2.  He went to a notary 1st so he could sign the new document and basically swear that my background check was the original document.  Now at 1st the notary thought this was strange and wasn’t sure she should notarize it.  But Ashely reminder her that she wasn’t saying that this was true just that Ashely really was the person signing this form; so then she did it.  Then he walked up to the clerk of court’s office and they certified that the notary was really a notary in their county.  Then Ashely went down the the Sectary of States office and they affixed their State Seal upon all the documents.  Yay!!!  Isn’t it pretty…

It really cracks me up that it says… By his Excellency Nathan Deal  :)  We also found it really funny that in reality what all these certifications and seals are really attesting to is that Ashely said my document was real and not basing it off the fact that the document had been certified by the DeKalb county police at all.  Oh well, I checked with my adoption agency and they said that as long as the State Seal if attached to it then it really doesn’t matter how or why it got there.  So it sounds like we are good on this one :)

Thanks Ashley and Rebekah!!!  I couldn’t have done it without you!  You all are the best!

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Adoption Timeline
  • Summer 2010 - started talking about adoption
  • Aug 19, 2010 - participated in webinar
  • Sep 22, 2010 - mailed in adoption application
  • Sep 28, 2010 - adoption application accepted
  • Oct 8, 2010 - fingerprints for home study
  • Oct 14, 2010 - fire inspection done
  • Oct 25, 2010 - Patrick & Kimberly complete physicals for the adoption
  • Nov 4, 2010 - finished Heart of the Matters Parent Education
  • Nov 9, 2010 - Ariel's physical is completed
  • Nov 15, 2010 - 1st Home Study Visit
  • Dec 10, 2010 - Kimberly's Individual Interview with Social Worker
  • Dec 16, 2010 - Patrick & Ariel's Individual Interview with Social Worker
  • Dec 19, 2010 - Received rough draft of Home Study to review
  • Jan 7, 2011 - Received Final Home Study
  • Jan 7, 2011 - Sent I800A form into USCIS
  • Jan 18, 2011 - We see our son's face for the 1st time!
  • Jan 21, 2011 - Submit Letter of Intent to China
  • Jan 27, 2011 - Receive Pre-Approval from China
  • March 7, 2011 - I800a approval
  • March 24, 2011 - Dossier to China
  • April 2, 2011 - Log In Date
  • May 16, 2011 - LOA
  • June 2, 2011 - I800 Approval
  • June 10, 2011 - Cable sent by National Visa Center
  • June 13, 2011 - NVC Letter & final paper work sent to Agency!!!!
  • June 23, 2011 - Article 5 papers dropped off
  • July 8, 2011 - Article 5 pick up
  • July 19, 2011 - Travel Approval!!!!!!
  • August 15, 2011 - Forever Family Day!!!!!!
  • August 25, 2011 - Arrive home; Xander becomes a US citizen :)