Timeline of our adoption

Posted by on Dec 9, 2009 | 0 comments

  • May 2009: begin officially researching adoption; narrow in on international adoption
  • May – November 2009: Praying and Waiting on God for timing of the adoption
  • November 5,  2009: Identify “J” and “S” through KKAM photolist; decide to pursue adopting them (This is the first part of our Adoption Journey)
  • November 2009: Chose to work with A New Beginning Agency (ANB) to do our Home Study. Begin working on our Home Study.
  • November 27th, 2009: Sent Application and App fee to ANB.
  • December 7th, 2009:  Get fingerprint clearance with IDHW.
  • December 10th, 2009: Sent Home Study packet to A New Beginning Agency
  • December 21st, 2009: Sent off remainder of balance to ANB so we can schedule Home Study visits.
  • January 5th, 2010: First Home Study visit
  • January 7th, 2010: Dr. Appt for both Kameron and Jason for physical for HS and Dossier
  • January 2010: Officially working on Dossier paperwork.
  • January 15th/16th, 2010: KKAM training scheduled
  • January 26th, 2010: Officially decide to work with Children’s House International (CHI) as our international adoption agency, send off $600 application fee and application
  • February 1st, 2010: Send $1,500 to CHI for Dossier Prep Fee
  • February 2010: Home Study basically done, but then get LOTS of changes and additions to HS from CHI (HS completion unexpectedly delayed)
  • February 9th, 2010: 2nd Home Study Visit
  • February 19th, 2010: Adoption Training with HS case worker
  • March 9th, 2010: after 6 weeks of delays, our Home Study is COMPLETE!
    * March 2010: Waiting, Waiting, Waiting on word about “J” and “S”
  • March 16th, 2010: After receiving more information regarding the orphanage that “J” and “S”, we realize we must drop out of the KKAM (Tsega House) Program and switch to the YWAM Ethiopia Adoption Program. (Begin the 2nd part of our adoption journey)
  • March 22nd, 2010:  Receive our Home Study and send off the I600A!!!!
  • March 25th, 2010:  Sent Program Fees to CHI, along with other documentation to officially enroll us in the YWAM program
  • March 26th, 2010: Got USCIS confirmation that the “received” our package. Does not mean an approval or anything, just confirmation that they have it.
  • April 16th, 2010: USCIS biometrics appt. (fingerprinting) – had to cancel and reschedule due to a  family emergency
  • April 17th, 2010: “For the Love” Event at Java On Sherman: bringing awareness to the orphan crises, and benefiting YWAM Ethiopia Project and the Shadrick’s Adoption Fund. – had to cancel and reschedule due to family emergency
  • May 1st, 2010:  Rescheduled “For the Love” event
  • May 10th, 2010: Rescheduled USCIS biometrics appt. (fingerprinting)
  • May 24th, 2010: Received our I 171H!!!!
  • May 25th, 2010: Sent POW and Affidavit of Dossier to State of Idaho to be authenticated
  • May 25th, 2010: Told YWAM we are interested in a 2.5 month old baby girl on their WC list, they take her off of the WC list. We now have to wait until Joy, the Director gets back to give us all the medicals…
  • May 28th and 29th, 2010: 1st Yard Sale
  • June 1st, 2010: Received the POW and Affidavit of Dossier papers back from State of ID
  • June 2nd, 2010: Sent both completed Dossiers to D.C. to be authenticated at federal level, and at the Ethiopian Embassy
  • June 4th, 2010: Dossiers arrive in D.C. (it is Friday, so Assistant Stork must wait until Monday to take them to the SOS and the ET Embassy)
  • June 7th, 2010: Dossiers taken to SOS and ET Embassy
  • June 8th, 2010: Dossiers DONE! Sent off to CHI
  • June 9th, 2010: Dossiers arrive at CHI
  • June 10th, 2010: Here the BEST news yet – MoWA for the Oromia Region signs all of the papers for ALL of the YWAM children – including baby girl “SI” – we can now officially be referred to her:); But, also notified that ET now requires the Birth Certificate before court, rather than after court, so this will take about 2-3 weeks.
  • June 11th, 2010: Dossiers sent to ET for translation and registration – will take about 2 weeks
  • June 14th, 2010: Dossiers arrive in Addis Ababa
  • June 21st, 2010: Receive Referral for Sarah
  • June 22nd, 2010: Overnight Fed Ex signed and accepted referral to CHI
  • June 28th, 2010: Referral arrives in ET
  • June – July 19th, 2010: Waiting for MoWA in Oromia to stamp Sarah’s Birth Certificate
  • July 19th, 2010: Got the Birth Certificate!!!! Next step, apply for a court date!
  • August 4th, 2010: Papers are finally submitted to court!
  • August 20th, 2010: Receive tentative court dates (Oct 22nd for the MOWA court date, and Nov 22nd for our court date that we must travel for)
  • September 16th, 2010: CHI notifies us that we can choose which court date to attend. So we chose Oct 22nd! Duh!!!
  • September 16th, 2010: On Cloud 9; contacting travel agents, making long list of things “to do”… So blessed!
  • October 22nd, 2010: Court Hearing (travel to ET Oct 17th-22nd)
  • October 22nd, 2010: did not pass court due to one missing MoWA document
  • October 29th, 2010: second court date, did not pass, still missing the document, MoWA still closed for training (feeling very weary)
  • November 19th 2010: Third court date – WE PASS! Now we wait 4-10 weeks for embassy! Ugh!
  • December 21st, 2010: Notified that we have a “tentative” embassy date of January 4th. Waiting on confirmation
  • December 31st, 2010: Planed to leave  for Ethiopia to be with Sarah until I can bring her home, but chickened out and postponed. Major regrets about not going.
  • January 7th, 2011: Officially leaving for Ethiopia to be with Sarah until we can bring her home. Praying we will get a Jan. 18th embassy date and be home by Jan. 20th.
  • January 28th, 2011: After 3 weeks in Ethiopia we finally got Sarah’s visa
  • January 30th, 2011: Home FOREVER with Sarah!!!!

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