September 28, 2012 Inquired about Lance
October 02, 2012 Got pictures, a video, and medical reports for Lance
October 03, 2012 Found out his file was going to be returned October 14th if he wasn't committed to!
October 09, 2012 Officially turned in our applications and homestudy documents to our placing agency and our homestudy agency.
October 10, 2012 Melissa is finger printed
October 11, 2012 Melissa passport sent off for renewal
October 22, 2012 Fingerprinting mailed in.
October 25, 2012 First home study visit!
October 30th, 2012 Physicals for everyone :P
November 09, 2012 Both Todd's and my passports are in hand along with the apostilled docs to send to L's country next week
November 28, 2012 Found out CBI Fingerprints are taking 12 weeks instead of the 6-8
December 10, 2012 God is merciful and our CBI Fingerprints are cleared!!! (7weeks!)
The Following is a tentative order up to the point that we get to meet Lance:
December 2012 Estimated time for Homestudy completion
December 17-25, 2012 Hoping to turn in I-800a (Takes 60-90 days to receive approval)
January 10, 2013 Officially Homestudy complete and I-800a mailed in! (Later than I wanted, but God is gracious and I have found renewed energy with this news of progress!)
January 17, 2013 Check to USCIS cashed
January 22, 2013 Received Lock box notice for I-797c ( I-800a)
January 28, 2013 Received our Biometrics appt for USCIS (YAY!!!)
January 29, 2013 Walked in and got our Biometrics done!!!
February 9, 2013 Decided to commit to adopting Drake if God provided half of the added expenses to adopt him in less than the 2 weeks we estimate we have before we submit our dossier. $3500.00 in 2 weeks?!
February 15, 2013 Less than a week and $20 more than we asked God for! Is this His will? We think so.
February 16-18, 2013 Waiting for Drake's file to be transferred from one agency in Drake's country to our agency there.
February 19, 2013 Signed and mailed commitment papers for Drake!
March 01, 2013 Addendum to homestudy sent to USCIS
March 13, 2013 USCIS approval FINALLY
March 18, 2013 Mailed off our DOSSIER!!!!!!
March 22, 2013 Dossier arrives in country
March 25, 2013 Our attorney officially has our dossier!!!
April 8, 2013 Submitted!!!
April 11, 2013 Verbal referral!
May 10, 2013 Written referral and travel dates!!!!
May 24 - Jun 8, 2013 First trip
June 13,2013 I-800 mailed
June 25, 2013 USCIS check cashed
July 18, 2013 Official USCIS APPROVAL!
August 1, 2013 Article 5
August 13,2013 Submitted to the MOJ
MOJ signature October 4
Court October 29th
Court Decree November 12
Trip 2 Nov 29-Dec6
Gotcha! Day Dec 2