That annoying I-600A form is off! We've been back and forth on this silly thing so many times between the two agencies that it was beginning to feel like an albatross around my neck. I actually feel that it was the reason I was unable to get all the other documents off. (Even though that is completely illogical.) Ironically, all it took was a very stressed out me placing an "I don't know how to friggin' get you the answer" call to my homestudy agency. Within twenty minutes something that I have been leaving voicemails and emails about for weeks and weeks (if you count the time it took to get the original answer that the homestudy agency then questioned leading to another series of attempts to confirm the answer) was resolved. But I'm too elated that it's DONE to be frustrated! For those of you not on this crazy roller coaster we call adoption, here's a brief overview of the I-600A. The I-600A is the "Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition." This form is filed to speed the processing of the I-600 form ("Application to Classify Orphan as Immediate Relative") that happens when we receive a referral. This approval is needed before a referral can be given to us. (This is also the step that allows for us to get our fingerprints done... yet another step in this journey) So it's pretty important, especially since the approval for this form can take up to 4 months.
For those of you on the adoption ride: It was question 16A that was the problem. Did we want to file our petition here in MA or there in SK ... the answer was here in MA. (In case you were all wondering.)