Posted by: perchancetodream | December 3, 2009

So I Called the FBI…

Sorry, had to use that title as it’s really absurd that I picked up the phone this morning and called the FBI.  The reason?  Because in a weak (and ridiculous) moment of wanting to save money, I sent our fingerprints and requests for our Identification Records regular mail. And now all I can think of is that they’re lost somewhere and we’ll have to start the process over.

And the call did little to settle my mind.  In fact…I’d been feeling okay about the fact that the 8-10 week processing time listed on their website was, as our agency’s executive director said, “overestimated and just a way to keep people from calling to find out where their paperwork is.”  But the nice FBI customer service woman said that was wrong in 2 ways.  (1) I should feel free to call at any time and (2) it really IS taking 8-10 weeks at this point. She said that it takes weeks of going through many departments before we could be in the system and, indeed, we currently aren’t.


So sure was I of all of the pieces coming together that I’ve been working to re-budget our next round of payments – the last until we have to either redo our home study or receive a referral – for JANUARY.  Nope.  That isn’t going to happen.  Having worked for the government I know how much things slow down for the holidays.  So we’re probably looking at February before we get our dossier submitted to our agency.

From there, this is the expected timeline:

  • Agency reviews the materials (I’d expect that to take a week or so)
  • Agency sends the materials to Bulgaria (which takes 6-8 days)
  • The documents are translated (2-4 weeks)
  • The documents are sent to the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice and hopefully accepted and entered into the registry (8 weeks) – putting us somewhere in the middle of May or – 1 YEAR from the date we began our home study.
  • Then….we wait……

More and more I’m in envy of people who have babies the old-fashioned way.  Sigh…..


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