For those of you who have been following along all along, are just joining us now, or who have no idea who we are but are trying to navigate your own adoption process, we thought it might be nice to share the timeline of our adoption process through Thailand in a simple(ish) list. I’ve definitely consoled myself in the past (okay, yesterday) by looking at timelines on other families’ blogs, so I hope that this is helpful to some of you!
December 1, 2013 – Learned about a Ukrainian child in need of a host family through our church’s orphan care group
December 2, 2013 – Were approved to be his host family
December 19, 2013-January 16,2014 – Hosted Vitalii. Sent petition to inquire about his adoption status to Ukraine with him on the 16th
February 19, 2014 – Receive official letter stating that Vitalii is registered for adoption in Ukraine
February 23, 2014 – Learn that we are able to simultaneously pull off both adoptions and commit to pursue adoption of Vitalii
March 26, 2014 – Completed home study revision
June 24, 2014 – Summer hosting of Vitalii fell through the night before hosting was to begin. It was a very difficult, uncertain time
September 23, 2014 – Received registration letter from Ukraine
October 1, 2014 – Received invitation letter from Ukraine to travel
October 13, 2014 – Jason traveled to Ukraine for SDA appointment/ first visit
October 21, 2014 – SDA appointment, matched with Vitalii
October 23, 2014 – Traveled to Vinnitsya to see Vitalii
October 28, 2014 – Vitalii signed his petition to be adopted
November 14 – December 3, 2014 – Jason returned to the US to wait for the delayed court date
December 8, 2014 – Court date. Beginning of 10 day waiting period
December 19, 2014 – Unification day! Jude Vitalii is a Camorlinga!
December 22, 2014??? – Obtain passport and travel to Kiev for completion of medical and immigration documents.
December 30, 2014 – The day that Ukrainian winter break begins. If paperwork is not complete by this date…. they will be there an extra week twiddling their thumbs.