Our Timeline

Disclaimer: Many factors come into play when it comes to your adoption timeline. Though one of the most popular questions we have been asked is when we will bring our child home, there is no definite answer. Navigating state and federal government in addition to the government of the country in which you will be adopting means everything begins with the world “approximately.” We want to document general milestones at A Wide Sea to help us remember how far we’ve come and the path we’ve yet to travel.


Dec 2011   Attended orientation meeting at Sunny Ridge Family Center and received our preliminary application packet

Mar 2012     Got the thumbs-up that the agency was accepting new families into their Waiting Child Program

Apr 2012     Submitted our preliminary application to Sunny Ridge. Got approval– we’re in!

May 2012    Completed our home study packet and autobiographies– lots and lots of paperwork

June 2012   Assigned our awesome caseworker/social worker for the home study process

July 2012    Completed Hague Convention adoption education credits, caseworker visits, and home visit

Began preparation of our dossier packet for submission to CCAA and finalization of homestudy for state

 Aug 2012    DCFS approval of our homestudy application for IL

Sep 2012    Submitted I-800A to USCIS; dossier in progress

Oct 2012     Biometrics appointment with USCIS; I-800A approval

Nov 2012     Two trips to the Chinese Consulate; submission of dossier to agency; DTC!

Jan 21, 2013 We received a referral for our son!

Jan 24, 2013 Letter of Interest (LOI) submitted to Chinese government

Jan 30, 2013 Preliminary Approval (PA) received for adoption of our son

Mar 21, 2013 LOA received from Chinese government

Mar 25, 2013 USCIS I-800 petition filed for Alexander’s immigration

April 25, 2013 Final immigration paperwork dropped off at American Consulate in China

May 9, 2013 Pickup of our Article 5 clearance for Alexander

May 22, 2013 Travel Approval (TA) arrived at our agency!

June 19, 2013 We’re Beijing bound

June 24, 2013 Placement Day

June 25, 2013 Finalization of Placement

July 2, 2013 Interview with the US Consulate

July 4, 2013 Welcome to the United States, Alexander. We’re home!









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