Adoption Timeline

July 27, 2010-Decided on Ethiopia

July 30, 2010-Decided on Children's Hope International

July 31, 2010-Sent CHI Adoption Application

August 3, 2010-Received word that application was approved; began document collection

August 10, 2010-Sent Application Agreement and fee

August 13, 2010-Purchased and downloaded Parenting Modules

August 24, 2010-Documents collected, Had all documents notarized

August 27, 2010-Sent Home Study Documents and Fee

September 14, 2010-First Home Study Visit at our home

September 24, 2010-Second Home Study Visit in Kansas City

November 1, 2010-Home Study Completed

November 4, 2010-Sent I-600A to USCIS

November 19, 2010-Received Fingerprinting Appointments

December 1, 2010-Got Fingerprinted

December 9, 2010-Received 1-171H and Fingerprint Approvals

December 10, 2010-Had complete dossier state certified in Kansas City

December 11, 2010-Sent dossier to CHI for authentication

December 23, 2010-Received word that dossier is authenticated and we are a waiting family

March 5, 2011-The Ministry of Women's Affairs Announced that they would be drastically decreasing the number of Dossiers they would be endorsing on a daily basis, slowing the amount of adoptions in Ethiopia by up to 90%

March 21, 2011-Amended our preference to include One child or two children, aged 0-3, either gender

December 23, 2010-November 14, 2011-Pray! Wait! Pray! Wait! Pray! Wait!

November 14, 2011-Received Referral of a Beautiful, Healthy 7 Month Old Baby Boy {Bekele}

November 17, 2011-Officially Accepted Referral

February 27, 2012-Submitted to Ethiopia Federal Court

March 7, 2012-Received our Court Date

April 2, 2012-Travelled to Ethiopia to meet our baby boy and for court
  April 5, 2012-Celebrated Bek's First Birthday with him in Ethiopia!

April 8, 2012-Returned home

April 12, 2012-Passed Court???

May 2, 2012-Found out about a complication with our case/Received regional MOWA letter/Case sent for federal MOWA approval

May 11, 2012-OFFICIALLY Passed Court!

May 19, 2012-Home Study Update Appointment

May 21, 2012-Received Translated Decree

May 24, 2012-Notified that our case documents are complete and we will be submitted next Thursday

May 31, 2012-Embassy Submission; not submitted...missing a police letter

June 8, 2012-Embassy Submission!

June 21, 2012-Cleared Embassy!

June 24, 2012-Leave for Ethiopia

June 27, 2012-Gotcha Day!!

July 2, 2012-Home!!  Hooray!!

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