Thursday, March 22, 2007

My Adoption Timeline

Feb. 23, 2006 - I accidently found the blog Waiting for Sophie and, within days, knew my daughter would be born in China.

March 26, 2006 - Began writing in my special motherhood journal.

May 29, 2006 - Attended a Memorial Day Barbeque with tons of Bay Area single-mom families who have adopted from China.

Dec. 18, 2006 - Read online that CCAA had new adoption guidelines that would exclude singles as of May 1, 2007.

Dec. 22, 2006 - Called several agencies to beg for a singles slot without having a clue how I'd afford it, and not worrying about it.

Dec. 27, 2006 - Heartsent Adoptions Inc. called to tell me they had a slot for me!

Jan. 4, 2007 - First meeting at Heartsent Adoptions, Inc. where I turned in my Application, Application Requirements, Adoption Questionnaire, Autobiography forms and received my paperwork binder.

Jan. 6, 2007 - LiveScan Finger Printing done at my local police station for child abuse & criminal checks. Ordered certified birth certificates.

Jan. 7, 2007 - First Homestudy interview with social worker.

Jan. 9, 2007 - Medical exam done.

Jan. 10, 2007 - Gave blood and urine for lab work.

Jan. 13, 2007 - Second Homestudy interview with social worker. Certified birth certificates arrived, I sent them to Heartsent.

Jan. 17, 2007 - Took the following completed documents to Heartsent: Passport Photo Page Copy and Photocopy of Birth Certificate.

Jan. 24, 2007 - Mailed I-600A to CIS and sent a copy of it along with the following completed documents to Heartsent: Employment Letter, Financial Statement, Financial Statement, Reference Letters, Guardianship Information Form (short form), Guardianship Information Form (long form), Bank Deposit Varification, Insurance Verication for Child and Self, I-134 Affidavit of Support, Certification of Identitiy, Medical Letter.

Jan. 25, 2007 - Third and final Homestudy interview with social worker at my home.

Jan. 27, 2007 - Attended required agency orientation meeting then went to San Francisco for the FCC Between Two New Years party.

Feb. 1, 2007 - Sent completed Employment Letter to Heartsent.

Feb. 5, 2007 - Sent the following completed documents to Heartsent: Application for Adoption Letter, State of Single Heterosexual Status.

Feb. 8, 2007 - Completed my tax returns for 2004, 2005, and 2006 (yes, I got behind, but not anymore) and sent them to Heartsent along with my Police Clearance Letter.

Feb. 9, 2007 - Homestudy sent to CIS.

Feb. 23, 2007 - CIS Fingerprinting appointment notice arrived in the mail.

Feb. 24, 2007 - Got the CIS fingerprints done and proof sent to Heartsent. Attended my first class at Heartsent.

March 3, 2007 - Attended my second class at Heartsent with my sister BZ.

March 12, 2007 - Took the following completed documents to Heartsent: Photographs, Passport Photos

March 20, 2007 - Received CIS I-171-H, notarized it at Heartsent and Heartsent sent it and some remaining documents to the Secretary of State to be certified.

March 27, 2007 - ***DTC*** Dossier sent to Beijing, China!!!

March 30, 2007 - Dossier arrived safely in Beijing!!!

April 15, 2007 - ***LID*** My dossier is logged in at CCAA!!! This means that I am officially "paper pregnant."

September 2008 - Mailed I-600A to CIS for renewal.

January 13, 2009 - Got the CIS fingerprints done for the second time.

January 20, 2009 - Received renewal of my I-171-H.

April 28, 2009 - Officially out of the Review Room!

July 15, 2010 - Got the homestudy update fingerprints for CIS renewal paperwork, DOJ, CAI & FBI.

July 16, 2010 - Mailed I-600A to CIS for renewal, again.

July 25, 2010 - Social worker came to visit my new home to update my homestudy for CIS renewal.

September 3, 2010 - Got the CIS fingerprints done for the third time.

September 1, 2010 - Called Heartsent to inquire about adopting concurrently through the new Special Interest Program.

September 19, 2010 - Attended Older Child Adoption Class at Heartsent.

October 6, 2010 - Received renewal of my I-171-H, dated 9/21/2010.

October 9, 2010 - Attending class at Heartsent on Neurodevelopment

October 14, 2010 - Social worker visit for homestudy update for my second child adoption.

October 31, 2010 - Committed to adopting my *second* child, spent three months trying to lock her file.

December 27, 2010 - File finally locked!

December 30, 2010 - Sent Letter of Intent (Child Care Plan) to CCAA

January 11, 2011 - ***Received Pre-Approval!***

January 14, 2011 - I signed the Child Care Plan and Letter of Pre-Approval and it was sent to China the same day

January 21, 2011 - ***Received Letter of Approval!***

February 22, 2011 - ***Received Travel-Approval!***

March 25, 2011 - Left for China!

March 28, 2011 - ***Family Day!!! Received My Daughter!***

December 16, 2011 - Sent an email to my agency outlining an adoption plan for a teen girl, requesting their support and service.

January 6, 2010 - Sent in I-600A renewal request, amended for 2 children.

January 9, 2012 - Visit with social worker seeking approval to adopt 13 year old daughter. Social worker does give approval!!!

February 9, 2012 - Sent Letter of Intent (Child Care Plan) to CCCWA

February 15, 22012 - Received Pre-Approval from CCCWA


Eliza2006 said...

Oh good, you figured out how to do the link!


LIZ said...

In Canada you can't choose the child, your agency gives you a referal from their list based on what SN are outlined in your homestudy that you can handle...then you either accept or decline that referal...of course once I saw her picture how could I decline? I hope to get my TA within the next week or so and travel two weeks later.
In Canada the lip is usually repaired at 3 months and the cleft palate at aboaut a year to 14 months , once the clild can drink from a normal cup.
Ava will be 22 months when I get her but is tiny, the size of a 12 month old.
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