Lauter Adoption Update

November 24, 2014

Next Steps

To everyone following our adoption process:

We have already shared that we have been approved by the USCIS to adopt two children from Eastern Europe. So you may be wondering, What's the next step? The next step is to make our next payment and send in our dossier. A dossier is a set of appropriately authenticated and translated legal documents which are used in international adoption cases to process the adoption of a child in its own country by the adoptive parents, or for the adoptive parents to obtain the legal custody or guardianship of the child in the foreign court, so the child can be brought by the adoptive parents to the United States for adoption [thanks,, for the definition].

In order to be ready to send that dossier, we still need a few things. One requirement is to complete the education required by the Hague Convention. I am almost finished, but Rob has had a busy semester. He will be completing his education requirements over Christmas break. Meanwhile, I need to get busy obtaining apostilles for some of our documents and compiling everything together.

Good news! We finally have a funding profile up and running, and I am working on a blog where we can more easily share updates and ways to pray for us. You can access our funding profile by going to or clicking on the link below. We are also designing shirts we hope to have ready for sale soon!

A big thank you to everyone who has remembered us in this process. I can't recall how many times we've been asked "How are things going with your adoption process?", "Where are you again in the process?", "How long until your kids come home?", etc... Every step along the way God is granting us more of His peace, and we are growing in our excitement to hopefully one day soon be able to get on a plane on our way to bring our child(ren) home!