ADOPTION TIMELINE TO BRING HOME OUR SON…
September 30, 2012 – Saw our SON’S picture on Rainbow Kids! IN LOVE!
October 1, 2012 – Called agency about our son!
October 2, 2012 – Got his file, reviewed–and the Young’s are moving forward!
October 3, 2012 – Filled out application with new agency and was accepted! HOURS of paperwork…done!
October 5, 2012 – Our LOI (Letter of Intent) was mailed across the world!!!
October 8, 2012 – Medical clearances, fingerprints DONE…knocking out the home study! Hope to be done by the end of October with the home study crazy!
October 10, 2012 – Pre-approval from China for LOI!! We are matched! They’ve given us 6 months to get them our dossier now that we are matched…but we’ll totally surprise them with just a couple instead!
October 24, 2012 – FINISHED with home study paper chase! Now we just wait for the home study to be written so we can send off for our USCIS fingerprints!!! Holding my breath!
November 5, 2012 – First draft written and emailed to Great Wall Adoption from One World for approval before final revisions.
November 12, 2012 – Home study approved to be notarized by Great Wall Adoption!
November 14, 2012 – Home study notarized and complete–picked up today from One World (home study agency) and in my hands!
November 16, 2012 – Home study mailed off to USCIS in Texas with I800A application…promised to arrive by Monday, November 19th.
November 28, 2012 – Received letter from USCIS that they have our I800A application and our appointment time letter will follow.
December 4, 2012 – Received appointment letter confirmation from USCIS for I800A—our scheduled appointment is 12/20/2012 for 12:00.
December 4, 2012 – Decided to just TRY an early appointment even though our appointment is 16 days away…THEY TOOK US! We were in and out!!! Now we just wait for clearance! In the mean time–we’ll work on getting our dossier documents certified, authenticated and ready to go!
December 12, 2012 – Tenges family in Kentucky took my birth certificate to Secretary of State in Kentucky to be authenticated and my dad took our marriage certificate to Secretary of State in Alabama to be authenticated.
December 22, 2012 – Received I-797 USCIS approval!!!
December 26, 2012 – I-797 authenticated at GA Secretary of State. Shipped EVERYTHING off to D.C. next day (December 27th!)
January 1, 2013 – D.C. called to let us know the state of AL put the wrong stamp on our marriage certificate. They are overnighting it back for us to correct:(
January 2, 2013 – Richard drives to Alabama to take document to Secretary of State to have it corrected. Sends it FED-EX back to D.C.!
January 4, 2013 – Caring Hands takes all our document back to Chinese Consulate in D.C….now we wait approx. a week for everything to be done.
January 9, 2013 – Great Wall Adoption calls and says Richard’s medicals are incorrect. They left off a test. Richard goes back for more blood work, expedites results and has everything faxed to Great Wall Adoption.
January 15, 2013 – OUR DOSSIER IS OFFICIALLY COMPLETE and all our documents are back from consulate!
January 18, 2013 – DTC! (Dossier to China!)
January 22, 2013 – LID! (Login Date)
March 11, 2013 – LOA / LSC! (Letter of Approval / Letter Seeking Confirmation) He is officially ours! Just 49 days waiting for the LOA!
March 26, 2013 – I800 approval!
March 30, 2013 – Received approved I800A – I-797 in mail! (SO THANKFUL!)
April 2, 2013 – Received PDF of NVC letter! We have been cabled! Yay!
April 9, 2013 – (DS230) Article 5 Drop off
April 23, 2013 – Article 5 Pick Up!
May 9, 2013 – TA (Travel Approval)
May 30, 2013 – Depart for China
June 2, 2013 – OUR SWEET BOY IN OUR ARMS!!!
June 10, 2013 – CA (Consulate Appointment)
June 12, 2013 – HOME! Home! HOME!