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