2.12.2013

Adoption Timeline

In some ways, this adoption seems to be going by so quickly, and in others, it is taking forever! Here is an update on where we are in our timeline. You can see that we have accomplished a lot in the past several months, and we still have lots of waiting ahead of us.

07/19/12 - Felt calling to adopt a child with CL/CP
08/04/12 - Made the decision to adopt
09/06/12 - Submitted application to Lifeline Children Services
09/24/12 - Submitted application to a MLJ for Home Study
11/02/12 - Submitted binder to MLJ with Home Study requirements
12/18/12 - Finalized Home Study Report completed
12/20/12 - USCIS received our Immigration application
12/31/12 - Fingerprint appointment date and time received
01/23/13 - 10:45 a.m. Call from Lifeline - saw our son!!!
01/23/13 - 11:00 a.m. Fingerprint appointment at USCIS
02/11/13 - I-797 Approval - Allows us to bring a child into the US
02/21/13 - State Authentications
               - Chinese Consulate Authentication
               - Dossier to China (DTC)
               - Log In Date (LID)
               - Letter of Intent (LOI)
               - Pre-Approval (PA)
               - Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
               - I-800 (Immigration Application for our son)
               - National Visa Center
               - Article 5
               - Travel Approval (TA)
               - Depart
               - Meet Our Son!!!
               - Consulate Appointment
               - Home!!!
 
This process has been a lot of work and a lot of waiting all rolled up into one. My faith and my heart have grown leaps and bounds the past 5 months, and someday, our son will come home. Whenever I feel myself questioning this process, I immediately remember something our social worker sent us in an email when we were feeling discouraged.
 
"My friends, adoption is redemption. It's costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed Him." Derek Loux
 
Then I remember, every document submitted, every minute waited, and every dollar spent...it is worth it.

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