Benjamin & Jovia’s Timeline:
May 31, 2010 – met Benjamin for the first time.
April 26, 2011 – received official permission to adopt Benjamin
April 30, 2011 – homestudy update visit
May 8, 2011 – officially decided to adopt Jovia as well.
June 6, 2011 – saw Benjamin again and met Jovia for the first time.
June 18, 2011 – homestudy updates received
June 20, 2011 – I600A filed
June 28, 2011 – Affidavits receieved
July 7, 2011 – Dossier to Uganda
August 11, 2011 – I71H Received
August 29, 2011 – Received Court Date!
September 5, 2011 – Leave for Uganda
September 7, 2011 – Arrive in Uganda
September 15, 2011 – Court Date. Sat in court all day. Judge wouldn’t see us.
September 16, 2011 – Sat in court house all morning. Finally were seen that afternoon by judge.
Septebmer 22, 2011 – Ruling day. Judge out of town with our paperwork so no ruling.
October 4, 2011 – Ruling finally received after sitting in court house all day working for things to get done. We are a family of five!
October 5, 2011 – Visa appointment! All went well except we’re missing Jovia’s passport. If we can get the passport today or tomorrow we’ll be able to get visas on Friday.
October 6, 2011 – At the passport office ALL DAY trying to get passport. Finally got it 15 minutes before my deadline to turn it in. Embassy almost wouldn’t accept it because so late in the day but at the last minute the wonderful F. saved the day. Visas should be ready tomorrow!
October 7, 2011 – Picked up the visas!
October 9, 2011 – Going home!
October 10, 2011 – We’re home! Our 7th wedding anniversary. Couldn’t have asked for a better gift.
October 2008 – Decided to move forward with adoption.
November 2008 – Chose WACAP. Chose African American Infant (AAI) Program.
December 2008 – Rethinking AAI choice. Start researching international options with WACAP.
January 2009 – Start viewing files of waiting international children.
February 2009 – Still deciding on country.
February 13, 2009 – Officially agreed on the Ethiopia program.
February 14, 2009- Faxed adoption application. Now for the paperchase!
mid April 2009- Find out the program we’re in is making signifigant changes and our adoption fees will be raised by the thousands!
end of April 2009 – Trying to figure out what to do now…
beginning of June 2009 -officially withdrew application from WACAP and decided on Uganda program.
June 29: Mailed Homestudy application
July 26: 1st Homestudy appt
July 31: Received picture of baby girl F.
August 16: 2nd Homestudy appt
beginning of September: I-600A filed
beginning of September: Retained a Ugandan Lawyer
September 9: Decided not to continue to pursue baby girl F.
September 11: Homestudy DONE!
September 17: Tentative referral!
September 19: Received I-600A fingerprint appointment.
October 3: Fingerprinted for I-600A
Early October: Found out our tentative referral wasn’t going to happen. Paperwork problems in Uganda. :(
October 12: New referral, have to choose between two boys.
October 20: Accept referral of one of the little boys! M. is almost 2 years old and is adorable!
November 10: I71H Approval!
November 10: Dossier and I71H mailed to Uganda
November 13: Dossier arrives in Uganda. Waiting for a court date.
January 23, 2010 : Leave for Uganda!
January 26: We meet Mayer !!!
January 28: Court Hearing
February 1: Our ruling – guardianship granted. We have a son!
February 3: Things start to unravel. Learn that US Embassy is asking for specific wording in the the guardianship paperwork before issuing visas. Work with our laywer to make sure our paperwork is correct.
February 22: Written ruling finally received. Has what the US Embassy asked for.
March 1: Visa appointment.
March 2: No visa. More issues.
March 7: Keith goes home. I continue to wait.
April 26: Re-worded guardianship order received at the US Embassy.
May 19: Orphan investigation complete.
May 28: Picked up the visa!!!
June 1, 2010 : Home Forever!