Early in 2014, we decided to adopt. It wasn’t a super quick decision. We had been talking about it for months; investigating, meeting with people who had adopted and praying for God to just give us peace in the path he wanted us to take. Here’s the timeline that our journey followed:
1/22 made the decision to apply to Holt to their China program
1/24 sent application to Holt
1/28 accepted by Holt & sent LOADS of paperwork
3/20 first meeting with Joy, our wonderful social worker
3/28 second meeting with Joy
5/8 received home study in the mail
5/10 sent application (I-800a) to Homeland Security
5/19 received a text that our I-800a had arrived and been opened
5/27 received appointment time for fingerprinting with Homeland Security
6/5 Homeland Security Appointment
6/24 I-797 approval
9/9 Received THE referral
9/19 LOI submitted to Holt
10/13 LOI uploaded to CCCWA
10/29 applied for I-800
11/18 applied for Visas to enter China
11/22 received provisional approval of I-800
11/25 received pdf of I-800 and applied for DS-260 and update on Lucas
11/26 received NVC letter needed for Article 5
12/1 Holt applied for our Article 5
12/2 received our Visas from the Chinese Consulate
12/18 Article 5 Pick Up
12/29 Travel Approval
12/30 Scheduled Our Trip!
1/15 Leave for China!
1/19 Official FAMILY DAY! We received Lucas into our family and fell in love!
1/20 Signed adoption papers making our forever commitment official
1/29 Consulate Appointment to get Lucas’ visa
The following graphic was created by someone else and if I had any idea who that was, I would give them credit for it. I do not so I cannot. 🙂 If you run across this and know to whom I should be crediting, please let me know. Still, it’s pretty useful to show a highlight of what all happens in the China adoption process.