The following is a list of the broad categories we will walk through on our way to adopting. We'll continue to update our progress here as we go. While this certainly doesn't list out all the steps, it includes the major milestones before traveling to Costa Rica to get the kids. As we get closer to being in-country, we will fill in more detail about the steps needed once we are there.
-Submit letter of intent to CR [DONE]
-Home study [DONE]
-Immigration applied for [DONE]
-Immigration approved [DONE]
-Dossier submitted [DONE]
-Dossier approved [DONE]
We are still in line to be traveling in the summer of 2018.
As the process carries on, we will gain further clarity on exact costs of some of the items related to adoption. With that in mind, our estimated total cost for the adoption will be about $45,000.
[A note on that number: It is bigger than the number we have given in some places in the past. The reason is because we learned that we are unable to take advantage of very much of the adoption tax credit, based on our tax status related to Brian's job.]
Presently, we still need approximately $12,000 as of May 2018.
Thank you so much for those who have already contributed to the cause!
As of March 2018, please donate through Lifesong:
-Online at this link: here.
(Or copy and paste this: https://www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate/?gift=2&adoption=1&account=7460&family=Martin&memo=Both%20Hands%20Project)
-Or by check:
-Make checks payable to Lifesong for Orphans
-Memo line: “Martin - 7460” (This MUST be on the check or the money will not be directed to our account!!)
-Mail to: Lifesong for Orphans PO Box 40 Gridley, IL 61744