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