Last week Mike contacted DHR to see if there was anything that could be done to track the status of his and Kerri's fingerprints check. He and Kerri submitted their fingerprints electronically on March 18 and had heard nothing since then.
When he called Tuesday they said Kerri's report had already been processed and returned to Alabama but Mike's prints had been placed "on hold" due to an error. Apparently, had he not called, they would have remained on hold until someone DID call. The person he spoke with explained the error (simple but too lengthy to go into here), cleared it and submitted the fingerprints for processing. She told him to call back last Friday, May 7.
Today, he called back and YIPPEE they have been processed and returned to Alabama for approval.
At this point, the Alabama DHR will review the reports that came back with the prints and we will either pass or fail. When that process is complete we have been told we will receive a letter from DHR telling us the outcome. Of course we do not expect any problems. Although, there was that one time...
This is an important development because it is in this step that many people encounter delays. One horror story we heard said it took more than a year for one person's prints to be approved and in SEVERAL other cases they have been lost in the system but nobody knew until they had waited for an inordinate amount of time (like, it would appear, what Mike was about to experience).
One more little step on our long and patience-learning journey toward parenthood.