Our Paper Pregnancy

"Paper Pregnancy" is adoption lingo for our timeline.  Here is where you can find out where we are in the process, so keep on checking back.  Just like a biological pregnancy, the adoption process can be divided into three "trimesters."
  • 1st Trimester: pre-application to adoption agency, official application, waiting to move up the list until we are close enough to receive a referral (and our agency tells us to begin our paperwork) 
  • 2nd Trimester: home study, government paperwork, waiting, waiting, waiting for a child to be referred to us     
  • 3rd Trimester: after accepting a referral, more paperwork, court hearings, and finally travel to Taiwan TO GET OUR BABY!!! (we are here)
Now if only this process only took nine months like a biological pregnancy!   We are so excited.

Below is a more detailed timeline of our journey:
  • 1st Trimester
  • Spring 2010: Began to pray about adoption
  • Fall 2010: Joined the founding committee of a local adoption ministry
  • December 2010: Began researching countries 
  • January 2011: Launch Blog  (To read our first post, CLICK HERE)
  • January 6, 2011: Send first e-mail to His Hands, Taiwan
  • February 2011: We officially pick Taiwan (CLICK HERE to read about why) 
  • March 2011: We launch Leaves of Love (to see our first post about it...click here)
  • March 19, 2011: Submit application to a Taiwanese orphanage, His Hands Taiwan
  • April 20, 2011:  Unofficially accepted by His Hands, Taiwan
  • May 4, 2011: Officially accepted by His Hands, Taiwan!
  • May 7, 2011: Announcing Adoption via bracelet, postcard, and video begins!
  • wait for about seven months...moving up the list until we are close enough to begin paperwork (most of our paperwork is only good for a year, so if you start it too early, you have to complete costly updates)
  • Second Trimester
  • December 13, 2011: His Hands tells us to begin our home study because we are near the top of the list for a referral! 
  • January 7, 2012: First Home Study Meeting 
  • January 19, 2012: Second Home Study Meeting
  • February 5, 2012: Final Home Study Meeting
  • March 1, 2012: Home Study Complete, we are approved, file for I600A
  • March 23, 2012: Complete Biometrics Appointment (early!) 
  • April 2, 2012: Receive Favorable determination from USCIS 
  • April 17, 2012: Adoption is FULLY FUNDED
  • April 20, 2012: Get adoption documents notarized, Secretary of State certified, and copied
  • April 21, 2012: Put all documents in mail to Taipei Economic and Cultural Office 
  • April 27, 2012: Documents back from TECO
  • April 30, 2012: We didn't know it at the time, but our son was born! 5:39 pm (Taiwan time)
  • Third Trimester
  • May 7, 2012: We receive a referral! We have a son!
  • May 10, 2012: We receive our adoption contract, sign it, notarize it, and mail it back to Taiwan  
  • May 11, 2012: Future Papa takes the last batch of paperwork to be SOS/TECO-ed 
  • May 16, 2012: Our adoption case is submitted to Taiwanese court!
  • May 16, 2012: Last documents back from TECO, mailed to Taiwan
  • June 29, 2012: We find out the court date is scheduled for July 25th!
  • July 25, 2012: Court date!  Went well
  • August 3, 2012: Find out Levi's home study is already done! 
  • September 26, 2012: We receive the first decree!! 
  • November 7, 2012: We receive the FINAL DECREE.  Levi is legally our son forever.  We also find out that the travel agent has flights available leaving the following morning!  A wild day of packing, preparing, and celebration! 
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