Timeline

Our Adoption Timeline

  • May 2018 – Called to adoption
  • June 2018 – Researched agencies/country programs
  • July 3, 2018 – Submitted adoption application
  • July 9, 2018 – Accepted application and U.S. Processing Fee #1 paid
  • July 17, 2018 – Welcome call with Holt – Korea program
  • July 17, 2018 – Selected Home Study agency (non-branch)
  • July 26, 2018 – First Home Study agency meeting
  • September 13, 2018 – First in-home Home Study agency meeting
  • September 18, 2018 – Notified that Home Study agency (non-branch) is eliminating international adoption program (ugh!)
  • September 19-20, 2018 – Adoptive parent and transracial parenting training
  • October 3, 2018 – Second in-home Home Study agency meeting
  • October 9, 2018 – Third (final) in-home Home Study agency meeting
  • October 25, 2018 – Home Study written, approved (by us), and submitted to Holt
  • December 20, 2018 – Home Study accepted!!
  • December 21, 2018 – U.S. Processing Fee #2 and extra photos mailed
  • December 28, 2018 – Mailed home study to state of Wisconsin
  • January 5, 2019 – Received approval from the state of Wisconsin
  • January 7, 2019 – Applied for I-600A with the USCIS – U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • January 11, 2019 – Officially a waiting family!! (Home study sent to Korea)
  • February 1, 2019 – USCIS biometrics appointment
  • February 20, 2019 – I-600A approval date
  • July 30, 2019 – Referral Day!!! Our first time seeing Brooks!
  • July 31-August 2, 2019 – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin medical review
  • August 3, 2019 – Acceptance packet submitted
  • August 9, 2019 – Submitted dossier to placing agency for review
  • August 30, 2019 – Dossier approved and sent to Korea!!
  • August – September 2019 – Home study update process begins
  • October 11, 2019 – Home study update visit
  • December 20, 2019 – Brooks’ 1st Birthday!
  • February 5, 2020 – Fingerprint update submitted
  • February 14, 2020 – Received fingerprint renewal
  • April 24, 2020 – Statement of Adoption
  • May 18, 2020 – EP Submission!
  • June 15, 2020 – Received Brooks’ legal documents
  • June 16, 2020 – Applied for USCIS I-600
  • June 19, 2020 – HSU #2 received
  • June 20, 2020 – Filed I-600a extension with USCIS
  • July 24, 2020 – EP Approval!
  • July 30, 2020 – i600A extension approval
  • August 9, 2020 – Received Brooks’ Korean passport
  • August 11, 2020 – Court submission!
  • September 21, 2020 – Notified of court date
  • October 8, 2020 – Leave for South Korea
  • October 9, 2020 – Enter quarantine
  • October 23, 2020 – Exit quarantine
  • October 27, 2020 – First meeting with Brooks
  • October 29, 2020 – Second meeting with Brooks
  • October 30, 2020 – Court hearing!

Next steps…

  • Final Adoption Decree/Approval
  • Custody Day
  • Visa Appointment
  • BROOKS IS HOME!

 

* DUE TO COVID-19 THE TYPICAL ADOPTION PROCESS HAS CHANGED. WE WILL BE TAKING ONE TRIP TO KOREA AND STAYING IN COUNTRY FOR 7-8 WEEKS TO COMPLETE OUR ADOPTION OF OUR SON.

Here’s an international adoption timeline to better understand the process: