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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tracking the Process

*DONE-Application: We have applied and been accepted with IAN International Adoption Net in Denver, CO. (3-16-08).

* DONE-Home Study: Home visits and papers done (as of 4-12). FBI fingerprints & CBI turned in 3-27, CBI received 4- 15, FBI received 5-2 (lag due to downed system). Home study submitted for state approval 5-8, approved 5-15-08.

*DONE-The Dossier state certified 5-2-08 and submitted to IAN.

*DONE-IAN sent the dossier for a lot of roller coastering in Washington DC on 5-13/ received back 5-16-08

*SENT- Dossier to Ethiopia 5-19-08. RECEIVED and translated. At the ministry by last week of May! In process with MOWA.

*RECEIVED-preliminary referral received May 1, 2008!!!! (7 weeks from when we signed up with our agency.) Three very cute and charming little three year old boys!!!! -sorry no photo or info posting allowed at this time. Waiting on extra MOWA paper work on one of them, not possible for us at this time, we dropped his referral and take this as a sign from God that his family waits for him elsewhere. We know which two boys!!! 5-27 Case is going to court already! WOW!
ACCEPTED- 6-6-08

*SET! Then court date IS SET for June 23!!! PASSED June 23rd also! WOW! The adoption decree is now translated and new birth certificates are issued. Visa applied for with passport.

*DONE-submit our immigration papers I600A for the boys and wait for that to come back. Estimated wait of 6-8 weeks. Has been taking 4-6 for many lately. Submitted 5-23-08. Fingerprints done 6-6-08
RECEIVED I171H-July 14, 2008, also received confirmation from the National Visa Center 7-28-08. Sent to Addis last week.
RECEIVED the visa 37 confirmation 7-31-08 only DAYS before we travel Aug 4.

*Embassy date: August 13th!!!
The invitation to come get our kids with the setting of an Embassy date. Accomplished no problems!

*Travel date: We leave on the jet plane August 4 and Lord willing return the 18th. We are going to meet those boys of ours on August 6th. WOW! Accomplished as planned!

*Classes: We have started our Adoption classes (24 hours required by the state of CO). 3 of 5 completed/ next on line (half way done) and one more in Denver.

*Adoption Tax Identification Number applied for mid January 2009 and received April 10, 2009 - just in time for taxes.

* State adoption validation: DONE! Submitted March 25th. Appointment July 10! Name and birth dates changed successfully. 6-10-2009

*State Birth Certificate: received Oct 27th 2009

* Citizenship:  Received for N in February 2010, still waiting on K applied at the same time-- Kedus received his in April 2010. finished

* Social Security numbers: Applied Jan 18, 2011. Nate received his Feb. 14. Still waiting on Kedus'

* passports: do we really need this?

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