The last coveted piece of paper is in my hands. The I-171H came from Immigrations today. This is the piece of paper that officially approves us to bring an orphan (or in this case orphans) into the U.S. It goes with us when we travel so we don’t need it for awhile but it feels good to have it.
There is a Hope family in Ethiopia right now that is STILL waiting on their I-171H from the Oregon USCIS office. As their travel date got closer and closer they tried everything to expedite the process but the local office was in no hurry. They even called state officials but were told the best thing for them to do was to go ahead and travel and THEN if one of them had to come home without the rest of the family THEN they could expedite the paperwork. So they are in country, and at least one of them will have to stay there with the kids until they get the I-171H. The U.S. Embassy there is trying to help them. Last I heard it was going to be an extra 5 days at least. So if you think of it, say a prayer for Denise and their family and that I-171H!