Adoption Timeline

Adoption can be a lengthy and complex process. We’ve found the timelines shared by other couples helpful. They seem to provide some transparency to a process that can be really confusing. It involves a language of acronyms and a good deal of anxiety! Reviewing and compiling this list helps remind me that we are working hard to bring Eli home as soon as possible. Celebrate with us as we get closer and closer to realizing that dream.

July 23, 2013- Received pictures and information from Eli’s original file/contacted an agency recommended by other adoptive parents with dwarfism

July 24, 2014-Submitted pre-eligibility paperwork to international agency

July 29, 2013- Accepted by an agency to start Ohio home study process

July 30, 2013- Locked Eli’s file

August 1, 2013-Accepted into China’s Special Needs program through our international adoption agency

August 2, 2013- Submitted Letter of Intent (LOI), Fire Inspection, and Physicals

August 9, 2013- Fingerprinting and background checks for home study

August 14, 2013- Pre-approval (PA) granted from China

August 21, 2013- First home study appointment

August 29, 2013-Second home study visit-Kara’s individual interview and the safety audit

September 5, 2013-Third home study visit-Adam’s individual interview

September 12, 2013-Fourth and final home study visit

October 21, 2013-i800a received by lockbox

November 14, 2013- Fingerprints/biometrics appointment at Cincinnati office

December 23, 2013-i800a approved!

December 30,2013-Received i800a approval in the mail.

February 14, 2014 Dossier to China (DTC)

February 18, 2014 Logged in to China (LID)

February 26, 2014 Out of Translation (OOT)

April 29, 2014 Letter of Approval (LOA) hard copy received!

May 16, 2014 i800 Approval received/GUZ number received

May 20, 2014 Article 5 Dropped Off

June 5, 2014 Article 5 Pick-up Date

June 16, 2014 Travel Approval

July 18, 2014 Leave for China

July 21, 2014 Family Day! 

July 29, 2014 Consulate Appointment

July 31, 2014 Home as a Family of Four



3 Responses to Adoption Timeline

  1. Shanon Taylor says:

    I’ve been checking if you got TA everyday! We just got our Article 5 delivered today… :) Love your story

  2. Linda Moeller says:

    just saw the wonderful article in The Cincinnati Enquirer. Best wishes to your family.

  3. Kathy Perry says:

    I enjoyed reading your story. My son, Michael Perry, went to school with you. Also you may know his wife, Kelly Barnes Perry. I am so glad to hear about your journey. When you were in school, I remember you always smiling and having such a positive attitude. Your mom was always by your side. God bless you and your lovely family!

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