Adoption Timeline

August 8, 2016

  • Article 5 issued, mailed to CCCWA

August 5, 2016

  • Received returned passports with Chinese VISAs

July 25, 2016

  • DS-260 confirmation & NVC Letter mailed to US Consulate in Guangzhou
  • Mailed passports to courier

July 22, 2016

  • NVC (National VISA Center) letter received
  • DS-260 (VISA application) submitted

July 18, 2016

  • i800 Provisional Approval (PA) received

June 17, 2016

  • i800 mailed to USCIS

June 16, 2016

  • Received ‘hard’ LOA – Its China offical! She’s ours!

June 14, 2016

  • Received ‘soft’ LOA

June 13, 2016

  • Dossier review complete! Awaiting LOA (letter of approval)

June 3, 2016

  • Dossier translation complete! Ready for review.

May 23, 2016

  • LOI – Letter of Intent – our baby girl found us!

May 9, 2016

  • LID! Logged-in Date – Dossier logged in to China

April 29, 2016

  • DTC! Dossier to China

March 21, 2016

  • Received USCIS acceptance letter

February 18, 2016

  • Biometric fingerprinting completed

February 8, 2016

  • Received USCIS notification for biometric fingerprinting appointment

January 28, 2016

  • Received notification of ‘application received’ from USCIS.

January 22, 2016

  • I-800A sent to USCIS

January 18, 2016

  • Received finalized home study from CCAI

December 29, 2015

  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI Fingerprinting (electronic)
  • Received dossier paperwork from CCAI to begin routing for certification at Florida and Illinois Secretary of State

December 22, 2015

  • SEALED medical records received from China consulate in Houston!

December 18/19, 2015

  • First and second home studies with CCAI

December 17, 2015

  • Departed Germany to move back to Florida

December 10, 2015

  • Certified medical records sent to China Consulate

December 1, 2015

  • Medical records sent to Florida Secretary of State for certification
    • We had sent this ahead of our home study process since we restarted our adoption process with CCAI and they would have ‘expired’ otherwise.

October-November, 2015

  • Completed all the necessary CCAI parent training
  • Mailed/reused many of documents (passport photos, medical forms, employment letters, etc)

October 15, 2015

  • Orientation interview with CCAI

September 22, 2015

  • Adoption application approved by CCAI — We are essentially starting over

September 21, 2015

  • Adoption application submitted to CCAI

September 10, 2015

  • Medical Condition Checklist (MCC) submitted to CCAI

September 4, 2015

  • Terminated our relationship with Lifeline Children Services because of what we felt was a breach of trust and loss of confidence in how their team handled our case and our information. Thankfully, Lifeline willingly reimbursed us nearly all of our fees that had been paid up to this point.

August, 2015

  • Began having issues with Lifeline Children Services that severely impacted our adoption process

July 24, 2015

  • Mailed I-800a and dossier paperwork to Lifeline Children Services in Birmingham, Alabama

July 21, 2015

  • Home study sent to Adopt Abroad, Inc. home office in Pennsylvania. Up to 30 days for review

July 20, 2015

  • Home study sent to us for preliminary review

July 9, 2015

  • Home study #4 completed with Adopt Abroad, Inc. — Our last home study

July 6, 2015

  • Home study #3 completed with Adopt Abroad, Inc.

July 3, 2015

  • Doctor visit for brother and sister

July 1, 2015

  • Blood work and physicals for Mom and Dad

June 30, 2015

  • Home study #2 completed with Adopt Abroad, Inc.

June 26, 2015

  • Started 10+ hour online Intercountry Adoption Journey training through National Council for Adoption at www.hagueadoption.com

June 25, 2015

  • Home study #1 completed with Adopt Abroad, Inc.

June 20, 2015

  • FBI background check results complete! Results mailed back to us

June 19, 2015

  • Fingerprints received by Accurate Biometrics

June 17, 2015

  • Orientation interview with Lifeline Children’s Services

June 12, 2015

  • Application to Lifeline Children’s Services officially approved! Made our ‘public’ announcement to family and friends
  • Fingerprints completed for FBI background check. Mailed to Accurate Biometrics (official FBI channeler)

May 22, 2015

  • 2nd meeting with Lifeline Children’s Services. Requested to complete the “Prepare and Enrich” marriage assessment

May 19, 2015

  • Adoption application submitted to Lifeline Children’s Services

May 6, 2015

  • Initial “meet and greet” with Lifeline Children’s Services

April 26, 2015

  • Requested that our family and friends begin praying for the process