We are moving forward with a little gal here in the USA. To do that since she lives in another state we had to retain an adoption lawyer, filled out a formal acceptance with the support agency, and found an agency that will help us with a domestic homestudy for the adoption finalization, which is a ways off.
Our lawyer is spectactular. He was referred to us by the support agency. Since this is new to us (the domestic part of adoption) it's wonderful to have someone who really knows his stuff. He'll keep us on the straight and narrow road whether we like it or not!
I had to research agencies that would just do a homestudy and post-placement reports for us. We need the homestudy to present to the judge at the appropriate time. We can use our international homestudy for the ICPC, but it won't suffice for the finalization. We sent off our initial application and payment and we were accepted yesterday. So...another 34 pages of paper to fill out. I'm thinking we can reuse a lot of what has already been done. Example: our ten hour online training. We did that for our Ethiopian adoption and it is still valid. So I'm hoping that this won't actually be as hard as the international homestudy because some of the players are already in the game, so to speak.
We're very excited about our little gal. She'll fit in perfectly and hopefully it won't be too long before we can meet her.