Our Journey to Joey

Joey's process was different than Maggie's because we found him first, and then decided to start the adoption process. It was 10 months start to finish.

*Consider adopting again, specifically for Joey--July 2011 thru November 2012
     (we said no for a long time before we realized he was ours!)
*Formal application to CCAI--Nov 16, 2012
*Application Accepted!--Nov 20
*Preliminary Approval from China for Joey--Nov 26
*Begin Homestudy-Dec 1
*Home Visits-Dec 15
*Receive 1st draft of homestudy-Jan 8, 2016
*Homestudy approved-Feb 17
*Mailed I800A to USCIS-Feb 23
*Receipt from USCIS -Feb 24
*Fingerprint appointment (walked in early)-March 14
*USCIS I800A Approval-April 13
*Dossier Approval- May 9
*DTC (Dossier to China)-May 13
*LID (Log in Date)-May 17
*LOA (soft Letter of Approval!!!!)-May 18!!!!!
*I800 Approved-June 30
*I800 received in the mail-July 6
*GUZ number, DS260- July 10
*RTF- July 11
*Article 5 Dropoff- July 12
*Article 5 Pickup- July 26
*Travel Approval-   July 28th 
 *Gotcha Day-Sept 5
*Consulate Appointment- Sept 13
*Arrive home- Sept 16!!!!

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