April 2013- Filled out AGCI Pre-Application to find the country we were best matched with. It was Bulgaria!
May 2013- Met with a financial advisor about how to plan the funds for our adoption
June 13, 2013- Mailed our Adoption Application to AGCI and chose a homestudy agency (Baptist Children’s Home)
June 27, 2013- Finally heard back from AGCI that we were accepted…application had gotten lost in the mail for over a week!
July 3, 2013- Started the Paperwork Phase of adoption….began our homestudy paperwork for BCH
July 12, 2013- Had our contracts for AGCI notarized and sent off.
July 16, 2013- Got our first set (of three!) of fingerprints taken in Mt. Vernon, IL
July 18, 2013- Completed our Orientation Call with AGCI
July 22, 2013- Andy, Addy and I got TB tests
July 23, 2013- Officially accepted into the Bulgaria Adoption program!!!! Received Dossier packet to start.
July 24, 2013- TB tests read, I had my physical and HIV tests
July 26, 2013- Received kids birth certificates for homestudy and completed Dossier call with our AGCI caseworker
July 30, 2013- Completed first online training (Adopting the Older Child) and began “With Eyes Wide Open” training
July 31, 2013- Andy’s physical and HIV test
August 5, 2013- CPR training class for homestudy
August 6, 2013- Mailed off home study paperwork and FBI Record Request
September 9, 2013- Received clearance from FBI
September 19, 2013- FINALLY finished our “With Eyes Wide Open” Training…..only 6 more classes to go. 😉
September 21, 2013- Traveled to Chicago for our 6 hours of in-person training through The Cradle
September 25, 2013- Completed “Conspicuous Families” and “Let’s Talk Adoption” trainings
October 8, 2013- Completed “The Journey of Attachment” training
October 9, 2013- OFFICIALLY licensed in the state of Illinois to become an adoptive family!
October 15, 2013- State of Illinois approves the home study
November 5, 2013- Follow-up home study visit
November 6, 2013- SENT OFF I-800A Immigration forms!!! Big Milestone!
November 23, 2013- Received our USCIS Appointment for December 4th AND mailed a few more documents to be apostilled in Springfield, IL
November 25, 2013- Received our West Virginia FBI fingerprints back after being apostilled
December 4, 2013- Got fingerprinted at USCIS in St. Louis, MO
January 16, 2014- Got NBC approval and medical letter notarized, apostilled and sent to AGCI to finish translation
March 21, 2014- Home Visit
……waited, waited, waited…..
January 22, 2015- Received updated Homestudy and approval letters, overnighted our NBC application to Texas
…..waited, waited, waited……
August 11, 2015- Biometrics Fingerprinting to update homestudy again
August 17, 2015- GOT THE CALL!!!!! OFFICIALLY MATCHED WITH A 20 MONTH OLD LITTLE BOY!
August 26, 2015- Homestudy Update Visit
September 9, 2015- “Officially” Accepted our referral
September 10, 2015- Received travel dates for October 3-10
September 16, 2015- Overnighted NBC paperwork for I800 (Received on 18th)
October 5, 2015- Received i800 Provisional Approval (to start the Visa process)
October 3-10- Traveled to Bulgaria to meet our son ❤
October 27, 2015- Received Article 5 (U.S. Embassy has determined that we are eligible to adopt, that our child may enter and reside in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.)
December 14, 2015- Passed Court. Leo Isus is now legally our son!
January 23-27, 2016- Traveled to Bulgaria, and brought our son home FOREVER!