Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Final Post-Adoption Report


Today was our final meeting with the social worker for Sasha's post-adoption reports. We had to have the face-to-face meeting early since Sasha will be away at school when the report actually has to be filed in October, so there will still be a telephone update just before the report is finalized and sent to Russia. Still the bulk is completed and there will be no more! They weren't a big deal, but they always seemed to fall during inconvenient, harried times in our lives, and my camera or photo printer always managed to go on the fritz when I was trying to get together the required seven poses. The required shot with Sasha, Ben and me together in the same picture always was a pain and turned out awful since Ben or I always take the pictures, so that means we must depend on a child to get that shot for us. It's usually one of the younger children too because we don't plan ahead and it seems that the teenagers are always gone when we think about it. Even though I know the home visits don't actually include a home inspection, I can't help but stress over getting the house spotless beforehand. Of course the others hate that time because I put the whole family to work picking up, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms and even scrubbing out the refrigerator! Besides the extra time and preparation needed for the home visits, our agency just started charging mileage even though we'd pre-paid for all the post-adoption reports long before the adoption was finalized. The mileage adds up to $50 per visit, so that's a little bit we no longer have to spend! Here's a favorite photo from our last report.

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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