For those of you considering adopting from Costa Rica, make sure that your documents, like birth and marriage certificates, were recently requested.
Even though we requested them within the past year -- and had them notarized and authenticated -- Costa Rica requires that these copies be less than 6 months old. It completely doesn't make any sense to us, but we're doing it all over again anyway.
The reason why our certificates are more than six months old is that we've been at this for more than a year. Getting all of your paperwork and background checks done, in the right sequence, takes great finesse.
If there is one thing that we've learned in this process, it is that timing is everything. The best advise that we can give to you is to make sure that you stay on top of everything -- because one 2-3 month delay can throw everything out of whack.
Speaking of which, our CIS approval to bring children back into the country expires in March. CIS requires that you redo your homestudy when you ask for an extension. So, we need to do it over again -- which we have scheduled for Jan 10th.
But it works out anyway because, as we learned from our trip to Costa Rica, there's this "form" that we need to fill out. It supposedly asks 10 very specific questions about what type of "characteristics" in children you'd be open to accepting. According to our caseworker, our social worker will ask us these questions and incorporate the answers into our revised homestudy.
So, until the 10th --- we'll keep putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward.