Last summer when we were given our new referral, the consular at the US Embassy was conducting pre-visa interviews. The birth families would meet with the consular at the beginning of the process, and she would determine that they were truly the birth family, and that they were fully aware of the meaning of adoption.
These interviews were great while they lasted because the prevented the heartbreak of getting to the end of the process just to find you were denied a visa. The consular only conducted these interviews for a short window of time, and then stopped doing them because they were too time consuming for her limited staff.
In our case, we were told that this interview was scheduled in September, but then with the transition of staff with our agency, it was never confirmed whether or not this pre-visa interview actually happened or not.
It would be a miracle for us if it did. We hope to be finalized in the Liberian courts this month, and passports are only taking about a week to obtain. The big hang-up for us is obtaining the visa for JJ, and this process appears to be slightly bottle necked, if I'm understanding the situation correctly. If getting the visa was all of a sudden a non-issue, it is possible that JJ could be home very soon.
I don't want to give the impression that we are close to being done, but I really don't know. Acres of Hope is looking into this for me and hopefully, we'll know soon whether or not that step was taken last summer. I'm not counting on it, but it sure would be wonderful if it has happened already. Will you pray for us? Thanks. : )