Nine months have come and gone since we first submitted our application to adopt. Since we didn't have our referral at that point, we consider that the time we were "trying." If we were to count from the day we were matched with Lucy, we're 5+ months along—of course it feels like a lifetime.
We've been asked by those following in our adoption footsteps for our timeline so far. While our referral wait time was not typical, the other info in the timeline is pretty common...
6/01/07 Met with agency. Submitted application, certificates, etc
6/02 applied for passports
6/04 Livescan fingerprinting (background checks)
6/13 First Homestudy meeting with social worker.
6/15 - 6/22 Medical forms, tests
6/16 Orientation at agency
6/19 Home Study visit at our house
6/23 CIS (Immigration) fingerprinting
7/13 Received Dossier paperwork
7/14 Class at agency
7/18 Passports arrived. Sent SLC app and other forms to HAI.
7/19 police clearance
7/19 sent photos, passport copies, police clearance to HAI.
7/20 File sent to USCIS
7/23 Officially on Waitlist!
8/14 i171H arrives!
9/21 Referral call! We see Lucy's photo for the very first time!
9/24 Accepted Referral.
9/25 Fedex sent for translating/TECO
10/23 Dossier and first care package sent to Taiwan!
10/26 Dossier Arrives in Taiwan
12/20 Court requests new form done
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