After 9 months of research and deliberation, we decide to adopt from Vietnam
We apply to Families First to start our Homestudy.
We apply to FTIA as a placement agency
We start working on our dossier by attempting to get our background checks for the dossier and run into "Property of the County" Deputy. We do our medical forms 3 different times. This is a fun couple of weeks.
We send our first batch of paperwork to the state to be certified
We send that first batch of paperwork to the Vietnam Consulate SF to be authenticated
Homestudy is complete. We apply for our I 600 A. The homestudy goes to the Vietnam Consulate SF for authentication.
We get our fingerprints done for USCIS. We send off all of our dossier documents to FTIA.
We figure out that something "just ain't right" about the number of families signed up with FTIA vs the number of referals that they are receiving. (DOH!) We back out. We start the frantic search for a new agency.
After an "adoption summit", we decide to apply to WACAP. We are in their top 6 waiting for a child under 18 months.
We send our 797 and our "financial form" (as requested by WACAP off to the state to be certified.
We send these last two documents off to the Consulate
We receive our documents back and our "approval packet" from WACAP. We turn around and send our contract, our dossier, and our money to WACAP the same day.
Our dossier is on its way to Vietnam!!
Our dossier is translated and submitted to DIA.
We get word from our agency that, with Vietnam, "no news is good news" and the assumption is that our dossier looks good.
We lose our minds and decide that we would like to switch countries and agencies. Being a pioneer family and adopting from Vietnam seems better suited to our second adoption. We pursue adopting from Guatemala.
We accept the referral of a beautiful baby girl. We think that she should come home in 8-12 months. She is only 2 months old.
US Department of State announces that Guatemalan president, Oscar Berger, has decided that all international adoptions (even those pending) wil cease as of Jan. 1, 2008
JCICS advises all agencies to cease giving referrals for Guatemalan children.
After a week of heartache, we make the incredibly difficult decision not to move forward with the adoption of this little girl. Another family will be much more likely to bring her home before the Jan. 1 deadline. We decide to move forward with our adoption in Vietnam.
Since we moved forward with the same agency that we were going to adopt from Guatemala through, we had to re-submit our dossier. We compiled a new dossier, sent it through all the levels of certification and authentication. (It got hung up at the county level for a while.) Dossier part deux was sent to Viet Nam on this day. Now we wait for a referral. Hopefully, it will be very soon.
Happy New Year!
Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! Happy year of the Rat!
We accept the referral of our beautiful daughter!
USCIS acknowledges receipt of our I600
Happy 6 month birthday, dear daughter!
Happy 7 month birthday, dear daughter!
We received I600 pre-approval!
We are re-fingerprinted.
We leave for Viet Nam!
We arrive in Ha Noi, exhausted
We begin our journey to our daughter's province on the Re-unification Express. Choo! Choo!
We meet our daughter! The Giving and Receiving Ceremony is that Day! Our lives change forever
We arrive back in Ha Noi.
Caroline has her medical exam at the SOS clinic. Such a healthy baby!
We have our Embassy interview
We receive our daughter's visa, and we hop on the plane to head home!