Exciting news today: We received our I-171h. This was a blessing from God, as our local USCIS office was saying to expect 6-8 weeks for processing. Well, we received ours in 5 weeks! Our adoption coordinator is traveling to Guatemala next week and will be taking all of our documents with her.
There is a lot up in the air right now regarding the future of adoptions in Guatemala. As of January 1, 2008 there will be many changes in effect. The Guatemalan Congress will be voting on an amendment in November to essentially "grandfather" all of the existing cases as of January 1. The grandfathered cases would then be completed under the current rules instead of the new rules and regulations. The U.S. Department of State, UNICEF, and the Joint Council on Adoption all favor a grandfather amendment. Please pray that the Guatemalan Congress will vote to include the grandfather amendment and that our adoption case would qualify as an in-process case as of Jan. 1, 2008.