I just got word from the agency that our legals have been sent and are due to arrive tomorrow!! YAY!!
That means that the I600 wait is about to begin! The I600 is what we were just fingerprinted for this morning. I think I've probably explained the I600 form before, but basically it's a form asking the government permission for us to adopt Clarissa. They have to give their OK before we can start her immigration paperwork.
So what they'll do is look over our homestudy, do a background check on us, look over Clarissa's paperwork and make sure that it looks like everything is being handled correctly and then they can put their big stamp of approval on it! (Ok, so I don't know if it involves an actual stamp. :))
The average wait for that to happen is generally about a month or so. I've seen it happen faster and I've seen it happen muuuuch slower. Every USCIS office does things their own way, so I'm hoping and praying that we'll get lucky and that ours is quick and cooperative. Most of the time it's fine but I've heard a few nightmare stories about I600 forms in other states and I REALLY don't want to be one of those stories! I've never met anyone who has filed an I600 form in Idaho, so I don't know how it generally goes here. We DID file the I600A form last year though and that was fairly quick and painless, so hopefully the I600 form will go just as smoothly.
Anyway, what this all means is that we're finally moving! Every time we get to another step in the paperwork process it means we're one step closer to Clarissa! :) YAY!