May 19, 2012 - completed online application
June 29 - preliminary paperwork mailed to adoption agency
mid-July - confirmed reservations at informational meeting
|I went to London in late July/early August! This is one of my fave pics . . .|
RED DOUBLEDECKER BUS!
August 24 - attended informational meeting
August 31 - mailed more paperwork (and some money) to the agency
September 5 - received offical confirmation from the agency and online login
September 7 - completed formal application online
September 15 - received massive packet of paperwork from agency
September 16-October 8 - fingerprinting, local, state, and FBI background checks, personal surveys, drug screen, and other paperwork
October 9 - mailed in all paperwork to agency
October 17 - confirmed receipt of paperwork and learned that our case was being reviewed by the director of the agency office
October 25 - talked to our case worker on the phone for the first time
|Meanwhile, Hampton went to Africa!|
November 15 - first home study visit
December 7 - educational meeting and individual interviews
December 11 - talked to case worker on the phone again and confirmed last home visit for Thursday, December 13
December 13 - final home visit, more paperwork, begin profile book
December 21 - home study complete, waiting on Director's approval
|Visiting family in Tennessee for Christmas - we had SNOW! :)|
December 28 - Home Study approved
January 3 - Received official Approval Letter in the mail, Profile books completed
January 4 - Profile book approved by the agency and ordered
January - Online profile posted to the agency's waiting family website
January 9 - Profile books delivered to the agency
March 25 - Luke was born (we didn't know!!)
April - Matched with birthmom & Luke (we didn't know!!)
May 6 - Phone call giving us the good news that we were matched with our precious baby boy! (and telling us to come pick him up the next day!) - Call Hampton (working out of town), call everyone we know, go shopping, clean house, prep baby room, try to sleep.
May 7 - Placement- drive 3 hours to pick up Luke, sign paperwork, drive 3 hours home (stop once or twice for food and comfort), GET HOME AND SETTLE IN!
October 28 - Finalization! We are officially a family!