Anyone who is even remotely familiar with International adoption knows the volume of paperwork that is part of the process. Even though I like to consider myself a reasonably intelligent person (this might be debatable), I found it pretty darn intimidating. Intimidating to the point that I had to have our incredibly patient adoption social worker walk through it with me...more than once. I think what makes it even more challenging is that there is alot of emotion tied to the paperwork. We're not completing a tax form, we're paving the way for the arrival of our Little One.
At this point our homestudy is complete and we have approval from US Immigration to adopt an orphan from another country. The partnering adoption agency (the one that will match us with our child and will make all our arrangements for our Russia trip) received their reaccreditation from the Russian government a month ago. Each adoption agency working with Russia had to get reapproved on a regular basis. Recently the system was restructured and each agency, once reapproved, will have lifetime approval. We have the green flag to move ahead. Our agency is currently searching for a little one for us. Hopefully it won't be long before we're scheduling a trip to meet them for the first time!