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!
October 31, 2011 – Realized we were “ready” to grow our family through adoption and that it would probably be through Thailand.
November 7, 2011 – The Defending the Fatherless Sunday that solidified in our minds we would adopt an older child.
November 27, 2011 – Adoption application to WACAP completed and submitted.
April 30, 2012 – Homestudy through Partners for Adoption (now closed) completed and reviewed.
May 10, 2012 – Received approval packet from WACAP, accepted to the Thailand program.
July 9, 2012 – Dossier completed.
August 24, 2012 – Dossier sent to Thailand / USCIS application (immigration) submitted.
October 5, 2012 – USCIS (immigration) approved.
October 18, 2012 – Received child referral of James from the Thai Red Cross (TRC) / had an international adoption doctor consultation.
October 19, 2012 – Letter of Intent submitted to TRC.
December 15, 2012 – February 28, 2013 – Thailand rejects initial Letter of Intent, and a second appeal is made (thanks for rallying, troops!).
March 7, 2013 – TRC approves our family. We are matched with James!
April 8, 2013 – Sent over an album of family/friends/home photos and gift to James.
September 14, 2013 – Received first video of James, photos and a drawing he made.
October 17, 2013 – Received official “child match documents” from TRC, began renewing our home study (it was set to expire) and immigration and finished travel vaccinations
February 19, 2014 – Received copies of James’ birth certificate and other documents, as well as the To Whom it May Concern Letter. Submitted 1-800 form ICPC (more immigration paperwork).
February 23, 2014 – Notified that US government is processing ICPC.
March 10, 2014 – Received provisional approval of ICPC.
March 14, 2014 – Received notice that Visa paperwork was wired to embassy in Bangkok. Completed and submitted DS 260.
March 20, 2014 – Final processing in Thailand before we are invited to travel. Article 5 issued.
March 26, 2014 – Received committee meeting date!
April 10, 2014 – Travel to Thailand.
April 17, 2014 – MEET JAMES FOR THE FIRST TIME
April 18, 2014 – James begins staying with us.
April 23, 2014 – Attend DSDW matching committee meeting; get his passport and visa.
April 28, 2014 – Return to US.
2014 – Four post placement reports at 2, 4, 6 & 7 months (Thanks, California).
???? – Adopt in US court.
???? – Finalize adoption with Thai consulate.
“This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way;
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.
From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin, we shall be free,
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.”