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Our Timeline to Bringing our children “A”, “G”, and “T” HOME…….


Summer 2011-Researched Adoption Possibilities…..we decide upon adopting a child from Ethiopia!!


September 2011-Mailed in application to Evangelical Child and Family Agency (ECFA)-Home Study Agency


September 2011 Initial Home study interview with ECFA


October 2011 –Second Home Study Interview with ECFA.  Jim and I are interviewed separately.


October 2011 – Meredith’s Adoption physical


October 2011-Jim’s Adoption physical


October 27, 2011 – Final Home Study Interview (Family interview and home walk through).  We are given verbal approval.


October 30, 2011Mailed in application to International Adoption Guides (IAG)-Adoption Agency


November 16, 2011 – Received home study approved by ECFA in writing-YEAH!!!!


November 21, 2012 – Sent off I600A to USCIS


January 4, 2012 – Biometric fingerprints done at USCIS (Now we wait for approval from USCIS and our 171 returned!)


January 28, 2012- We received our I-171H form back (favorable determination for the adoption of an orphan) from US Citizenship and Immigration Services.  It took only 3 weeks!!


January 30, 2012-Sent Dossier and notarized home study to IAG. 


February 6, 2012-Dossier Approved through IAG


February 15, 2012-Dossier sent to Washington D.C.-Dossier approved.


February 16, 2012-Waiting for our referral.  We have decided upon two siblings!


February 27, 2012-And the referral comes!!  We received e-mail seeking further interest with a set of six-year old twins & their one year old brother. 


February 28, 2012-We see a picture of our children for the first time


March 5, 2012- We accept “A”, “G”, “ and “T” into our family, now we are now a family of 6!!


March 6, 2012-Waiting for dossier to be translated and submitted to court.

June 5, 2012-We receive a phone call indicating that we have been submitted to court and have a court date.

June 15, 2012-Travel to Addis, Ethiopia and then onto Mekelle, Ethiopia where our children are located in a care center.


June 22, 2012-Court Date in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia

 June 28, 2012-Official Court Decree

July 12, 2012-Birth certificates with "Libbey" name are here.

July 26, 2012-Passports have been processed.

August 15, 2012-Adoption case submitted to Embassy. 

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