Amy’s Timeline for Kazakhstan Adoption
This is my timeline up until now.
TIMELINE FROM MAY 1ST UNTIL FEBRUARY 13TH
May 1st – Made the decision to pursue an international adoption.
May 1st-May11th – Spent at least 20 hours on the internet (can you say late night surfing?) investigating countries and agencies.
May 11th – Made the decision to use Adoption Ark. Emailed their representative regarding a little girl written about on their website.
May 14th – Received preliminary information about LG from Adoption Ark and was told she resided in the country of Kazakhstan.
May 14th – May 21st – Scoured the Internet for information about Adoption Ark and talked to four different families who have recently used Adoption Ark for referrals.
May 22nd – Dropped off signed contract at Adoption Ark’s offices.
May 29th – Received list of requirements for Kazakhstan Dossier – The Paperchase Begins.
May 31st – Mailed off for original copies of my birth certificates from Vital Statistics Office in DC.
June 6th – Fingerprints #1 and #2
June 19th – LG turns six years old today – Started blog
June 27th – Fingerprinting #3
July 5th – Homestudy meeting #1 at my house
July 12th – Birth Certificate arrives – FINALLY!!!!!
July 12th- Passport applied for.
July 12th – I-600A sent in to the Chicago office of USCIS.
July 12th – FBI Clearance arrives in mail
July 14th – Homestudy Meeting #1 (Take Two)
July 15th – Kaz picnic in Huntley, Illinois
July 17th – Receipt date for I-600A
July 18th – All items submitted for US requirements to adopt.
July 20th – Homestudy finished and sent in to USCIS for I-600A.
August 8th – USCIS Fingerprint appointment – Fingerprinting #4
August 14 – Passport arrives
September 11 – Sent Dossier to Adoption Ark (minus the 171-H, which is the approval of the form I-600A)
September 13th – Adoption Ark receives my Dossier
September 20 – 171-H arrives and is overnighted to Adoption Ark.
September 13th – September 30th – Dossier in translation and then back to my agency for compiling.
October 5th – Dossier sent to Kazakhstan Embassy in Washington DC.
October 15th - Dossier sent to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Astana, Kazakhstan
Sometime in November (can’t remember the date) – Alla tells me that my dossier should be being processed at the ministries.
December 17th – Alla tells me that we are waiting for my dossier to be directed to the region – because of the holidays things are slow and it is hard to get information now too – I expected this, so no surprise.
January 2nd, 2008 – Alla confirms that my dossier is at the MOE and they are in fact waiting for it to be directed to the region.
January 24th, 2008 – Alla tells me that she thinks it is going to happen soon. Feel free to comment on what you think soon means.
January 29th, 2008 – My coordinator tells me that my dossier has been released to Ust-Kamenogorsk region and that I could travel in as short as 2-3 weeks.
February 5th, 2008 - Get email copy of my LOI but with no confirmation number.
February 6th, 2008 – Overnight Visa Application to Assistant Stork courier service to hand deliver it to the Kaz Embassy get hotel reservations and make courtesy hold reservations for plane through Eldo at Golden Rule travel.
February 11th, 2008 – Get confirmation # for LOI.
February 12th, 2008 - Kaz Embassy begins processing my visa.
TIMELINE FROM FEBRUARY 14TH AND ON – AS BEST AS I CAN TELL
February 15th – Leave from O’Hare airport to travel to Kazakhstan.
February 17th – Arrive in Almaty then take flight later that day to Ust – check in at the Shiny River Hotel and collapse!
February 18th – Visit the baby houses.
February 18th to March 3rd – Two week bonding.
March 7th, 2008 – Court date
March 12th, 2008 – Fly back to USA
April 9th, 2008 – Go back for 2nd Trip
April 16th, 2008 – Back Home for Good
So, with the date today being February 13th and if I travel by February 15th then that will mean it was 8 months and 3 1/2 weeks from start to first travel – and most likely 10 months and 3 3/4 weeks until I am back in the States and finished with the whole process.
That means at this point I am roughly 99.99% of the way through the process till first travel and 82% of the way through the entire process. Can you tell I am obviously obsessing about my timeframe? Can I compute something for you? You will know the true depths of my obsession if you check back here in another two weeks and I have updated the percentages.