On Monday we got an email from our homestudy agency that Ohio had contacted them saying they would not accept a request from a 3rd party for Jason's child abuse clearance. Yes, we have to have child abuse clearances for every state we have lived in. So I was pretty upset...as we had submitted our paperwork a month ago and have heard it takes about 3 months for Ohio to process this. So, I overnighted a new request with Jasons signature to them and tried calling them but couldn't get through. My sister-in-law used to work for an Ohio congressman and she recommended calling our Ohio state respresentaive and gave me the numbers. I called and talked to the young man that answered the phone and told him what had happened and that we would appreciate any help in expediting the paperwork because we are adopting a special needs child from China. He said he would see what he could do.
I guess I will neve know if they made a call and if it made the difference or not. But I called the Ohio dept that was handling the clearances and talked to a nice lady that also said she would put a note that said we were hoping to be expedited. About 2 hours later I got a call from a lady in the dept. that was very apologetic and she said because we had over nighted the paper with a return envelope to them, that she would personally handle this and we would have our clearance in our hands by the end of the week.
Those of you not in the adoption world do not have ANY IDEA just how AWESOME this is! It will hopefully speed up our process by a couple of months potentially. So we are so very, very thankful. God has just shown out this week by continuing to show us his approval of this adoption.