1/19/2010 – Applied for International Adoption with WHAL
02/10/2010 – Signed contract with WHAL and mailed in
02/15/2010 – WHAL confirmed receipt and I am now officially a client
02/17/2010 2010 – Fingerprints for FBI background check. Sent in FBI request
02/26/2010 – Sent in I-600A Application
03/01/2010 – Mailed in Home Study Agency Application and paperwork so we can get this show on the road!
03/02/2010 – Home Study Agency Rec’d Paperwork and will begin processing
03/10/2010 – First of three visits with Social Worker for my home study.
03/17/2010 – Second of three visits with Social Worker for my home study.
03/24/2010 – Final home study visit with Social worker for my home study completed.
04/12/2010 – Written Home Study completed and approved by all. Medical Report completed by Dr.
04/15/2010 – FBI Clearance Rec’d
04/24/2010 – notorized copies of Home Study Rec’d along with necessary license info from agency. Mailed home study off to USCIS to await fingerprint appt…
05/14/2010 – Kaz temporarily shuts down to prepare for Hague implementation… wait wait wait wait
06/10/2010 – Rec’d 171H approval. Though we are still unclear if I will need to get I800 now instead since Kaz should be Hague upon re-opening…. wait wait wait
09/2010 – Kaz is still closed. Switched to Russia and the amazing Judy and Zina at ECAS are now my agency
10/15/2010 – Recieved updated FBI Clearance (took 12 weeks to get)
11/2010 – Updated Home Study for Russia
12/21/2010- Received updated 171H approval to adopt from Russia
01/01/2011 – Registered in Stavropol Region
06/21/2011 – Rec’d referral – Travel to Russia on July 2nd!
07/04/2011 – Met Vera for the first time. BEST.MOMENT.OF.MY.LIFE
July 4-7 2011 – Spent time getting to know Vera. LOVE her, LOVE the culture, LOVE the people in this town, LOVE how fresh the air is here and all the green!
07/09/2011 – Heading home to collect paperwork for court dossier
08/10/2011 – Dossier completed, notarized and apostilled and sent off for translation
09/06/2011 – Got word that I will be returning for court on Sept 26th and 27th
09/21/2011 – Left for Russia for 2nd and Final Trip
09/27/2011 – Judge said YES and waived 10-day wait period
09/28/2011 – Got custody of Vera and immediatly flew to Moscow
09/29/2011 – Appt with physician for travel clearance
09/30/2011 – Exit interview with US Embassy
10/01/2011 – Fly Home to America!