Sunday, May 19, 2013

Notary and stuff

There is never much to tell at this stage of the process, so when something concrete happens (even if it's just something like notarizing papers) it feels worthy of documenting.  So!  On Thursday, May 16th we had all of our papers notarized!  Here is the notary going through the stacks of papers with us.  She only shook out her hand from cramping once that I saw.

Our agency recently changed their fee schedule to break up the agency fee into two payments, so when we submit these papers we'll actually pay less than we planned on now, but more than we planned on when we submit our dossier.  Worked out well for us actually.

In other news, the last paper we had to fill out to send with these papers included contact information from our "coordinating agency" - that is the local agency that will be completing our homestudy.  I sent them an email asking for that specific info (mailing address, fax number, etc) and hadn't heard back.  Since I was anxious to get our papers in the mail on Friday I called only to find out that this agency is not going to renew its license and is closing.  *sigh*  It's better to find this out now than down the road when we need to update something on our homestudy, but now we have to research another agency that is local, has 501(c)3 status, and is Hague accredited.  Then they have to agree to contract with our agency (exchange of paperwork between agencies) and THEN we can put them down on our paperwork as our coordinating agency and submit our paperwork.  It's not a major speedbump or anything, but it's still frustrating....especially since so far I've only found 3 local agencies that fit this criteria and two of them charge between $450-$650 more than the original agency we were going to use.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed on what we'll hear back from the 3rd agency.

In the meantime, our inquiry coordinator with our agency has put in a request on our behalf for another extension on our paperwork in order for us to find another agency that will contract with AGCI since we will be at their mercy with how long it takes them to process the paperwork on their end before we can put them down on our paperwork.  Blah, blah, blah.  I can't imagine anyone will actually read this post, but it's part of the process and document I must!  It just kind of took the wind out of my sails...after all those official stamps from the notary I was excited to make things official and mail off the sealed envelope with paperwork complete (for this stage anyway).  Soon enough, I suppose.

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