Famous Last Words

Our Adoption Journey to Haiti

Our Timeline September 3, 2013

August 3, 2012 – On a cross-country flight from Portland, OR to Dulles, VA, the adoption seed was planted while Becky was reading the book, “Seven”.

March 1, 2013 – We officially decided to adopt from Haiti and turned in our application to America World Adoption Agency (AWAA).

June 26, 2013 – Completed our Home Study.

August 23, 2013 – Submitted our dossier to AWAA.

August 29, 2013 – Haiti passed its new adoption law.

November 4, 2013 – Our dossier is sent via FedEx to Haiti.

December 3, 2013 – Our dossier exits legalization

December 13, 2013 – Our dossier is officially submitted to IBESR

December 2, 2014 – We received our first notice of the status of our file. We are at the Children’s Judge, waiting for a signature

May 12, 2015 – We received notice that our file had finally been signed and was going back to IBESR for referral preparation.

June 1, 2015 – IBESR asked us for an updated 171H (immigration form) and we receive a phone call from our family coordinator that our file was in the referral office

July 10, 2015 – We received an email from our adoption coordinator that there was a problem with our referral.  The child, who we learned was J, had turned three and was too old for our immigration-approved age range of 0-2.  We decided to update our home study and immigration approval vs. getting matched with another child.

July 17, 2015 – Home Study interview

July 22, 2015 – Received updated home study and sent it to immigration for approval

August 26, 2015 – We received immigration approval

September 4, 2015 – We received an email that our referral is ready…it just needs to be released to our orphanage.

September 29, 2015 – Margaret went to IBESR to pick up our referral, but the copy machine was broken and they needed to make a copy of one page.

October 1, 2015 – We got the call from Michelle with our official referral!

October 11, 2015 – October 25, 2015 – Socialization visit

January 15 – January 19, 2016 – Second visit with J (Patrick, Eric, Noah & Emilia)

March 16 – March 20, 2016 – Third visit with J (Becky, Carol, Katie, Tony, Brady)

July 7 – July 12, 2016 – Fourth visit with J (Becky, Heather, Shane, Ryan, Noah, Shea)

December 26 – December 30 2016 – Fifth visit with J where we hosted Christmas party (Patrick, Becky, Noah, Brady)

February 27, 2017 – After 18 LONG months, we received J’s exit letter

March 9 – March 13 2017 – Sixth visit with J (Becky, Erin, Colleen, Jen)

May 31, 2017 – Adoption Decree – Jonathan is legally a Wickline.  Entered MOI

October 5, 2017 – Exited MOI and entered the passport phase

October 31, 2017 – Received Jonathan’s passport



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