Colin & Noelle

Colin & Noelle


CURRENT TIME IN ETHIOPIA.



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Timeline.

10/03/2011 -- The day we first decided to look into adoption!
11/12/2011 -- Attended our first adoption seminar.
01/28/2012 -- Emailed the agency we're hoping to work with.
01/31/2012 -- Received a response from the agency. She would like to talk to us further!
02/10/2012 -- Met with our agency for the first time.
03/12/2012 -- Submitted our application online.
03/16/2012 -- Received a call that we had officially been accepted!
03/25/2012 -- Submitted Passport Renewal & turned in Orientation packet and contract
04/04/2012 -- Orientation with our Agency
04/05/2012 -- Sent in our application to our home study agency
04/21/2012 -- Fundraiser: Thirty-One purse party. We raised $110!
May, 2012 -- Compiled our home study binder. First step in the home study process.
                       Including, physicals, autobiographies, background checks, etc.
06/02/2012 -- Fundraiser: Garage Sale #1. We raised $642!
06/11/2012 -- Fundraiser: OrangeLeaf. We raised $100!
06/12/2012 -- Sent our home study binder off in the mail.
                       Waiting for home studies to be scheduled!
07/05/2012 -- Home Study Interview in our home!
07/19/2012 -- Home Study Class #1 - Infertility and Adoption (online)
                       Home Study Class #6 - Transracial Parenting (online)
07/21/2012 -- Home Study Class #2 - Preparation and Adjustment
07/23/2012 -- Home Study Class #5 - Creative Discipline Methods (online)
07/24/2012 -- Home Study Class #3 - Parenting and Adoption (online)
08/01/2012 -- Home Study Class #4 - Children without Families
08/10/2012 -- Home Study Education: Ethiopia Essay - Completed!
08/12/2012 -- Hague "Inter-country Adoption Training"
                       (10 hrs; online) - Completed!
08/17/2012 -- International Adoption Clinic Seminar by Univ. of Alabama
                       (online) - Completed!
08/24/2012 -- HOME STUDY FINALIZED.
08/25/2012 -- Received our Finalized Home Study!!!!
08/27/2012 -- SUBMITTED DOSSIER.
09/17/2012 -- DOSSIER ARRIVED in ETHIOPIA. Officially on the waiting list! 
09/18/2012 -- Sent off our I-600A to USCIS.
09/28/2012 -- Received our first waiting list update: We're #85!!
10/17/2012 -- Fingerprinting appointment for our I-600A
10/27/2012 -- Received I-600A approval in the mail!
11/01/2012 -- WAITING LIST UPDATE: #78!!
11/28/2012 -- WAITING LIST UPDATE: #70!!
                       (Dec. 1 update came a few days early!)
01/01/2013 -- WAITING LIST UPDATE: #65!!
02/01/2013 -- WAITING LIST UPDATE: #62!!
02/28/2013 -- WAITING LIST UPDATE: #61!! (March update came early!)
04/01/2013 -- WAITING LIST UPDATE: #59!!
05/01/2013 -- WAITING LIST UPDATE: #56!!
05/31/2013 -- WAITING LIST UPDATE: #54!! (June update came early!)
07/01/2013 -- WAITING LIST UPDATE: #46!!
08/01/2013 -- WAITING LIST UPDATE: #31!!
09/03/2013 -- WAITING LIST UPDATE: #29!!
09/27/2013 -- WAITING LIST UPDATE: #29!! (October update came early!)
                   -- We saw there was a 1 year old Boy on the updated waiting child list...
09/28/2013 -- Fundraiser: Garage Sale #2.
10/01/2013 -- Called to get more information on the 1 year old boy on the waiting child list. We were told to wait until someone was back from out of town to get us the info...
10/07/2013 -- Home Study Update Interview in our home.
10/08/2013 -- We were given info on "B" and decided we wanted him to be our son!
10/18/2013 -- Our finalized home study update, referral agreement paperwork, and referral fee arrived! It's "official"! We are on the road to adopting "B"!
11/21/2013 -- PAIR process officially initiated

Late Dec.
   2013
       -- The PAIR process is finished stateside and sent onto Addis to begin the
                        in-country process and investigation.

03/03/2014 -- Interview for PAIR / Embassy
03/13/2014 -- Received PAIR letter approval!
                       (Turned around within a day for authentication.)
04/02/2014 -- Got the call that our pre-lim court date had been scheduled.

04/24/2014 -- Left for Ethiopia
04/26/2014 -- Met our son for the first time!
04/29/2014 -- ADOPTION DAY! We traveled to court and legally adopted our son! :D
05/03/2014 -- Said goodbye to our son & to Ethiopia.

06/21/2014 -- Left home to go pick up our boy!
06/23/2014 -- Forever reunited with B!
06/24/2014 -- Embassy Appointment!
06/27/2014 -- Headed home!
06/28/2014 -- Homecoming! 






Still on our "to-do" list:

-Post Adoption Home Study Reports (every 3 months for the first year)
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