Wonderful news to share! We got the letter in the mail today from our adoption agency. They finally received the form from the state of Maryland! Pretty timely after yesterday's post. God has definitely been at work. Thank you all so much for your prayers, comments, and emails of encouragement.
We have to send in our payment for the home study and then a social worker will be assigned to us. The letter said we should have also received an invoice for our home study fee, but we haven't gotten it yet. We will wait to see if it is in the mail tomorrow and then call if it isn't. Their office is only about 2 miles or so from our house so I can go and make the payment in person and not lose any time if need be. The letter also said we should hear from our social worker within 2 weeks of making our payment. Next step will be our interviews and home visit.
Now we have a few more forms to fill out before we have our first interview with our social worker: Cultural worksheet (our cultural history, exposure to other cultures, etc), transracial parenting plan (what we will do to incorporate our child's culture into our lives), health background checklist (what special needs we are okay with or will consider), and older child worksheet (awareness of issues and plans to help a child over 12 months of age transition to our home). No, the paperwork is not over yet! But I know it will all be worth it in the end.