Let’s Recap

18 Dec

Because it has been a trillion years since I’ve written consistently and we have been in this adoption process for SO FREAKING LONG (2 yrs and 9 months, baby), I thought it might be helpful to do a little recap of our timeline.  Here is a concise report of what has conspired over the past three years of our adoption journey…

Jan 2011 — Josh and Anna start researching adoption agencies and international adoption programs.

Feb 2011 — An agency is chosen (Children’s House International) and our first email is sent to our Social Worker.

March 2011 — First home study meeting and decision made to adopt from Uganda.

July 2011 — Home Study Complete

Aug 2011 — Immigration approval received from the Dept. of Homeland Security (USCIS).

Sept 2011 — Dossier sent to Uganda

Nov 2011 — We left our agency (CHI) and started working with Lifeline Children’s Services.

Feb 2012 — Referral recieved for a 10 month old girl from Uganda!

April 2012 — Lost the referral.  Due to some big policy changes in the Uganda adoption program, Josh and I decided God was closing that door for our family and switched to the Ethiopia program.

May 2012 — We start redoing all our paperwork and our dossier for Ethiopia.

Mother’s Day 2012 — After much thought and prayer we decided to try and get pregnant while in the adoption process.  We knew we had a long wait ahead of us and wanted to start our family.

Summer of 2012 — Garage sale adoption fundraisers and lots of paperwork to get our dossier ready for Ethiopia.

August 2012 — Ethiopian Dossier completed and sent for authentication.  AND we find out we’re pregnant (exactly 3 months after going off birth control)!

Sept 2012 — Dossier arrives in Ethiopia and we are officially added to the waiting list.  We’re #84 and are told it will be an 11-12 month wait.

Sept 2012 and following — Waiting, waiting, waiting and slowly moving up on the waiting list. Each month is different and we have no idea how things will progress. Some months we move zero spots, others as many as 16.

May 2013 — Giselle Rose is born!!!!!!!!!  We are completely in love!  Still aching for and anticipating the addition of our adopted children.

June 2013 — Ethiopia announces another change in policy and the institution of the new PAIR process (Pre-Adoption Immigration Review).  This new procedure will lengthen the time between receiving a referral and taking your first trip to Ethiopia.  After being matched with a child, instead of bringing them home in 3-6 months, it will now take 6-8 months.

July 2013 — Home study expires and has to be redone, along with FIB fingerprints (the fingerprints are only good for 18 months, HS for two years).  More money paid out for these services simply because of the fact the the adoption process is taking so long.

Sept 2013 — a year has passed and we are still on the waiting list, not even close to the top.

Dec 2013 — Still waiting….. we’ve moved to #28 on the waiting list and things are moving slowly.  I expect it will be at least 6 months before we receive a referral, then an additional 6-8 months before we bring our child(ren) home.  Also we’re notified that our fingerprints for Immigration will be expiring in March 2014 and we need to start the process of getting them renewed…..this will cost another $900.  :o(

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!   That’s kind of how I feel about this long long long loooong process.  More on that later….


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