Saturday, August 06, 2011

Our Timeline for Cameron

April 30, 2011 - Attended Waiting Child Workshop at CAWLI

August, 1, 2011 - Application to Adopt sent to CAWLI

November 2, 2011 - Completed Home Study

November 15, 2011 - Mailed I800A to USCIS

December 19, 2011 - Got Fingerprinted

January 16, 2012 - Received USCIS Approval

February 9, 2012 - Dossier to China

February 27, 2012 - Log in Date

March 22, 2012 - Date of Referral

March 25, 2012 - Sent Letter of Intent

March 30, 2012 - Received Pre Approval

June 1, 2012 - LOA

June 4, 2012 - Send I800 to USCIS

June 21, 2012 - I 800 Approval

June 27, 2012 - NVC Cable to Guangzhou

July 2, 2012 - NVC Letter Received

July 3, 2012 - 1st Article 5 Dropoff

July 31, 2012 - 2nd Article 5 Drop off (Due to paperwork issues)

August 2, 2012 - Article 5 Pickup

August  7, 2012 - Travel Approval

August 8, 2012 - Consulate Appointment confirmed

August 23, 2012 - Leave for China

August 26, 2012 - Family Day


Brandon and Alex said...

Hi there. I have been following your blog since my husband and I decided to adopt. I am just curious, with the waiting child program, were there any special needs that you said you would accept? Does Cameron have any? Thank you!

Steve and Jen said...

Hi Brandon and Alex,

All agencies work a little differently in regard to the waiting child program. Our agency gave us a list of common special needs and asked us to indicate which ones we were open to. If you are considering the waiting child program I would encourage you to research the most common special needs and most importantly have a doctor you trust review the medical file once you get a referral.

Please keep in mind that all internationally adopted children should be considered special needs. The trauma of being abandoned, placed in a orphanage and then placed in your home is going to affect these children. Sometimes it is attachment issues, sometimes it does not become obvious until the teen years. Most internationally adopted children have some developmental delays, but catch up quickly once home. Hope that helps. Good luck on your journey to adoption.

Steve and Jen