Timelines seem to be a big thing in the adoption world so I thought I would share ours with you! Even though we made up our minds to adopt before Thanksgiving (2013), it wasn’t until December that we really felt it all coming together.
12.9.13: Applied with Adoption Avenues Agency
12.16.13: Application approved
12.22.13: Met with home study agency
1.4.14: First official home study meeting
4.30.14: Dossier completed and sent to Adoption Avenues! (huge step!!)
5.21.14: Dossier arrived in Ethiopia
6.20.14: Dossier is translated and we are officially a “waiting family”
3.30.16: We got the call asking us if we would consider a referral for a little boy
3.31.16: We accepted and we’re now on a mission to bring our son home….
7.29.16: PAIR paperwork submitted
9.7.16: RFE received
11.30.16: Notification that US Embassy has started the I-604 investigation in Ethiopia
12.15.16: Received notification that Embassy has completed the I-604 investigation
12.27.16: PAIR letter received
2.14.17: Case submitted to court (MOWA: Ethiopian Government)
3.27.17: Court summons deadline
4.2.17: Arrive in Ethiopia and meet our son (!!!!!!!!!!!)
4.7.17: Receive MOWA approval to adopt “Jack” (positive MOWA letter)
4.13.17: Go to court and take LEGAL CUSTODY of “Jack” (he is officially, legally, undeniably ours!)
4.26.17: Arrive in the United States and for the first time ever, have our whole family of 5 together!