Our representative emailed me several forms that I needed to print, read over, sign, and mail back. This was just initial paperwork before we start the "real" paperwork. The documents we completed yesterday include:
- AWAA Agreement (outlined program fees/financial obligation)
- Ethiopia Disclaimer (if Ethiopia decides not to give us a child, we won't sue AWAA)
- Client Grievance Procedure (what to do if we get really mad at AWAA)
- Client's Rights and Responsibilities (they'll do their part; we have to do ours)
In addition to this, I registered Andy & myself for a required online training course. That cost $175. I also wrote a check for our first installment of our program fee to AWAA, which was $1,350.
Andy had a slight panic attack last night as we looked over the financial obligation. We both knew ahead of time approximately how much an international adoption costs. ($21K-$32K) It just became very real last night as we started writing checks! After spending some time working on our finances, he felt much better about our plan to fund this venture. I will keep a running tally of all of our expenses on the side bar so that you can see what the money is going towards. I want to do this to help anyone who is considering adoption understand the process more thoroughly.