Well, still no clearance :( The woman at the home study agency said that she called on Wednesday to check on things and my fingerprints still were not processed!! I sent them back two and a half weeks ago, so maybe this week we'll finally get the clearance?????????
When my fingerprints were first bounced back, I was greatly disappointed but kept faith that everything happens for a reason. I can now say that I am actually grateful that my fingerprints were rejected!! Last week our social worker sent our home study to our adoption agency for review. As our consultant at the agency was reviewing our home study she found out that USCIS now has new requirements for home studies. She also found out that since these new requirements went into effect on April 1st, USCIS has not approved one home study!! That means that everyone who has sent in their I-800A form to USCIS since 4/1 has had their home study sent back to them for revisions!! So, if my fingerprints were not rejected, my home study would have been submitted with my I-800A without the necessary changes, and my home study would have been rejected. This could have set us back A LOT longer than the whole fingerprint thing!! So, I guess everything does happen for a reason :) Our social worker is currently working on making any necessary revisions and assures me that our home study will be good to go as soon as that last clearance comes back........hopefully this week!