Adoption Timeline


November 2009 – Begin fundraising.  Applied to re-enter the Ethiopia program with America World Adoption Agency.  We’ll be eligible to begin after our 12 month post placement report in January 2010.


April 2007 -Attend AWAA adoption seminar to gather information on adoption.  We decide to wait and pray for God’s timing.

November 30, 2007 -Over dinner and the evening talk about now being the time to begin.  Officially decide on Ethiopia and share with our family the desire to adopt

January 14, 2008 -Submit application to AWAA

January 25, 2008 -Receive acceptance call from AWAA!!!!

January 31, 2008 -We received over $2500.00 in gifts for our adoption with out a single fundraiser!  We are very encouraged!

February 16, 2008 -Eat out at Meaza’s Ethiopian Restaurant.  Our first introduction to Ethiopian Cuisine. . . absolutely amazing!

February 27, 2008 -Turn in agreements and initial payment to AWAA, receive our homestudy and dossier packets to begin the paperchase!

March 17, 2008 -Homestudy orientation with Christa and Harriett.  Our fabulous social workers at AWAA.  The paperchase continues!

March 28, 2008 -Have Power of Attorney, Criminal History, and Child Protective Service forms notarized.  Bethany has doctor’s physical.  We’ll find out if she has HIV, TB, or Hepatitis next week! =)

March 30, 2008 -Decide to pursue the adoption of 2 children! (I just realized that I’ve ended every other statement with an exclamation point. . . this is all VERY exciting as you can tell. ha ha ha)

April 4, 2008 -Turn in the remainder of our homestudy paperwork, now we’re waiting for the in-home visits to be scheduled.

April 26, 2008 -Still waiting for our background checks to be returned to give us clearance to begin the in-home visits. . . it shouldn’t be too much longer!

June 17, 2008 -First in-home visit.  This went Great!!!  We had this visit in our apartment

June 24, 2008 -Second in-home visit.  These were our personal interviews about how we were raised.  These also went well and brought us even closer to submitting our paperwork to Ethiopia!

June 24, 2008 -Turned in Waiting Children Application to be considered for a sibling group or special needs child.  (1:00PM)

June 24, 2008 -Received phone call with a referral of a sibling group! (2:00PM)

June 25, 2008 – “Unofficially” accepted this referral as we have to finish our homestudy and receive our I-171H in order to “Officially” accept the referral.

July 13, 2008 – moved into new home so we’d have room for 2 kiddos!

July 14, 2008 – Social worker came to new home to do a final walk through and complete our homestudy report. . . yes I can’t believe we had someone “evaluate” our home the day after a major move!  She was VERY KIND and Gracious!

July 18, 2008 – Homestudy is approved and sent off to USCIS

August 12, 2008 – We were fingerprinted at the USCIS office!  Only about 9 weeks now until we have our I-171H form.  Guess we have to wait for a while now.

October 22, 2008 – We received our I-171H in the mail.  We are finished our paperwork collection!

October 24, 2008 – Drive to Richmond for State certification of Dossier documents

October 27, 2008 – Turn completed Dossier into America World!!!!  Woo Hoo

October 29, 2008 – Given “official” referral of children and we sign acceptance paperwork

October 31, 2008 – DTE date our Dossier is sent to Ethiopia

November 24, 2008 – Given Tentative Travel Date of January 16th – 24th

December 30, 2008 – First attempt in Court.  Case not heard due to some paperwork not being there

January 2, 2009 – Second attempt in Court.  WE PASSED!!!!!  Fekadu and Tigist are officially our children!

January 23, 2009 – Fly to Ethiopia to bring our precious kiddos home