Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Christina Noble Center























We had a change of plans! Two hours after we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, we were taken to the Christina Noble Center and were allowed to bring Ephraim back to the hotel with us. We leave early in the morning by van for Kien Giang, the province of Ephraim's birth. Our travel partners for the entire process are Minh and Jade, a really sweet Vietnamese-American couple who are adopting their first child, Olivia. Christina Noble Center is amazing! It is a privately-run nutrition center for premature children and those with malnutrition or other eating problems. Ephraim has lived there since he was 30 days old. It is so well kept up, spotlessly clean, and the nannies truly love all the children. When we arrived, the children were all being fed, so our first glimpse of Ephraim was with a spoon in his mouth. The pictures show several children being fed; Thuy, our wonderful CHI Vietnam rep/interpreter/tour guide; Ben and me holding Ephraim for the first time; Ephraim next to Julia Claire (held by Minh), the daughter of another CHI mom who was expected to also travel with us but whose case was delayed; Minh and Jade with Olivia;, the nannies dressing Ephraim in his going-away clothes; each nanny holding Ephraim and saying goodbye; the whole group of nannies with Ephraim, Jade and Olivia; and all of us leaving the Christina Noble Center.

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Referral Picture

Referral Picture

Adoption Timeline

  • 2006
  • November 8 - Application Mailed
  • November 22 - Accepted
  • November 24 - I-600A Mailed
  • November 27 - Delivery Confirmed
  • November 28 - Receipt of I-600A
  • November 30 - Fingerprint Notice
  • December 15 - Home Study Update
  • December 21 - Stacey Fingerprinted
  • December 28 - Added to List (#116)
  • 2007
  • January 24 - Home Study Mailed
  • January 25 - Ben Fingerprinted
  • February 8 - Waiting List (#111)
  • February 20 - Waiting List (#109)
  • February 27 - Waiting List (#105)
  • March 8 - Waiting List (#101)
  • March 22 - Waiting List (#99)
  • April 19 - Waiting List (#98)
  • April 25 - Dossier Authentication
  • May 2 - Delivery Confirmed
  • May 2 - Added to SN Wait List
  • May 3 - Waiting List (#97)
  • June 7 - Waiting List (#86)
  • June 25 - Dossier Translated
  • June 28 - On Waiting List Six months
  • July 9 - Waiting List (#81)
  • August 6 - Waiting List (#4 SN)
  • August 8 - Waiting List (#76)
  • September 7 - Waiting List (#70)
  • October 8 - Waiting List (#67)
  • October 22 - Waiting child -- OURS!!
  • October 23 - Official Referral Date
  • October 25 - Letter #1 Submitted
  • October 29 - Referral Receipt - CHI
  • 2008
  • February 5 - Fingerprint Request
  • February 7 - Proof of Delivery
  • March 1 - All Fingerprinted
  • March 3 - I-600 Application Mailed
  • March 5 - I-600 Acknowledgement
  • April 17 - I-600 Approval!
  • May 2 - Original G & R Date
  • May 3 - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
  • May 5 - MEET EPHRAIM!
  • May 6 - Drive to Kien Giang
  • May 7 - G & R Ceremony
  • May 8 - Medical, Apply for Passport
  • May 12 - Fly to Hanoi
  • May 13 - Visa appointment at USCIS
  • May 14 - Pick Up Visa, Fly Home
  • May 15 - Arrive in Nashville!
  • May 23 - Certificate of Citizenship
  • June 12 - Re-Adoption Filed by Court
  • July 3 - Tennessee Birth Certificate

G & R Day

G & R Day