Adoption Timeline

2010

  • January – decide to stop using “birth control”

2011

  • May 9 – Diagnosed with infertility
  • May 10 – Visit Zambia and officially decide to proceed with adoption
  • June 4 – Return to Seattle
  • June 16 – Begin home study process
  • June 30 – Apply for I600A
  • August 29 – Complete home study
  • September 12 – Move to Zambia
  • November 2  – Apply to adopt with the Ministry of Social Welfare
  • November 10 – Receive a referral for a 2 week old infant boy*
  • November 22 – Complete FBI fingerprints at US Embassy in Lusaka
  • November 23 – Receive our approval letter to adopt from the Ministry of Social Welfare
  • December 1 – I600A approved
  • December 3 – Told that family has been found and agreed to care for the baby

2012

  • February 15 – Begin volunteering at Nathaniel’s orphanage and meet him for the first time
  • June 15 – Decide to pursue the adoption of Nathaniel
  • June 16 – Discuss with orphanage about Nathaniel’s availability for adoption
  • June 18-29 – Procure paperwork for Nathaniel’s adoption (police report, medical records, etc.)
  • June 23 – Spend one-on-one time with Nathaniel at his orphanage – he cries whenever we visit and then have to leave! 😦
  • June 29 – We receive our committal order from the court and take Nathaniel home in Lusaka
  • July 24 – We apply for approval to adopt to get the “effective date of notice”
  • August – We try to see the judge but she is on leave
  • September – The judge is still on leave
  • October 9 – We go to court but the social worker doesn’t yet have the guardian ad litem report written
  • October 16 – We go to court and the social worker doesn’t come until after the judge has gone to open court. We wait until the afternoon to see the Judge. A favorable ruling is given and Nathaniel is forever ours!
  • October 19 – Receive adoption decree/birth certificate
  • October 22 – Apply for passport and it is printed but it is missing a signature
  • October 23 – Receive passport and take for medical exam – doctor refuses to see us, despite Nathaniel’s special needs. Because of Nathaniel’s hydrocephalus and frequent headaches, we are able to travel back to US on a tourist visa
  • November 29 – Return to Lusaka
  • December – Visa medical examination
  • December 27 – Apply for US immigration and interview
  • February 5 – Meet the US Ambassador and receive IR-3 Visa for Nathaniel
  • June 21 – Travel back to the US and Nathaniel becomes a US citizen upon entry
*This was the ONLY official referral we received from the Ministry of Social Welfare. We had a number of other leads within Zambia that also fell through but none more that originated from Social Welfare.
Advertisements