Here is the timeline of how our adoption journeys have unfolded:

ADOPTION #1 (completed in 2009)
August 2007 • Decided to begin adoption process
9 August 2007 • Submitted application to Families for Children (Utah)
29 August 2007 • First home study appointment
12 September 2007 • Home visit for home study
24 September 2007 • Final home study appointment
October 2007 • Draft of home study sent to FFC (adoption agency)
October 2007 • Placed on waiting list at FFC
9 November 2007 • Received final draft of home study
15 November 2007 • Dossier mailed to FFC
4 January 2008 • I-600A application & documentation mailed to USCIS
22 January 2008 • Fingerprinted at USCIS for I-600A application
4 February 2008 • Received I-171H (USCIS approval) in the mail
December 2008 • Agency says we could be waiting another 12 months for a referral
27 February 2009 • Home Study Update finalized
16 March 2009 • Updated dossier paperwork mailed to agency
1 April 2009 • Renewed USCIS fingerprints for I-600A application
8 April 2009 • Referral – It’s a Boy!
20 May 2009 • Notified of orphanage approval
Late May/early June • Paperwork authenticated and mailed to Taiwan for court
7 July 2009 • Notified by FEC of Taiwan court’s first ruling of final decree
17 September 2009 • Met our son! Forever Family Day in Tainan

ADOPTION #2 (returning to Taiwan to adopt our son’s biological brother)
11 November 2010 • Received a phone call with news of our son’s sibling
22 November 2010 • Received referral file
24 November 2010 • Decided to adopt again!
December 2010 • A whirlwind of paperwork and home study visits!
20 December 2010 • Home Study Done!
22 December 2010 • USCIS receives I-600A and supporting documents
7 January 2011 • Received fingerprint appointment notices from USCIS
19 January 2011 • Orphanage approval!
28 January 2011 • USCIS Biometric Appointments Completed
31 January 2011 • Received a letter from USCIS requesting more documents
3 February 2011 • Additional documents sent via overnight mail to USCIS
4 February 2011 • Received adoption contracts and power of attorney forms
7 February 2011 • Authenticated documents sent to TECRO via FedEx
15 February 2011 • TECRO mailed authenticated documents back to agency
15 February 2011 • Contacted USCIS for update and learned application was approved on 9 February; waiting on 171H in the mail
17 February 2011 • I-171H arrives in the mail!
22 February 2011 • Agency mails dossier/contracts to Taiwan for court (FedEx)
7 April 2011 • Notified we have a final decree!
7 June 2011 • Met our newest little boy – Forever Family Day in Tainan, Taiwan!

  1. Rebecca says:

    We will be so excited to see your journey unfold! Thanks for sharing your blog with everyone. 🙂

  2. heidi rumsey says:

    Loved reading your blog and seeing your photos, it brought back some great memories!! Your son is so beautiful. We adopted our daughter from Taiwan at age 6 months; she is now three. What a great experience. Enjoy your baby!!

  3. Tracy Woods says:

    Hello, congratulations! We have a lovely daughter adopted from St. Lucy last December. I look forward to following your journey back to Taiwan. Is your baby at St. Lucy?

    I have a private blog, please email me if you would like an invitation.

  4. Do you know what the time frame is for a 5-6 year old girl? What agency did you use? We are in the beginning stages and need help!

  5. Cindy says:

    Hi Leisha – I don’t know the time frame for adopting an older girl, but our agency does place older children. We are using For Every Child Adoption Services – http://www.foreverychild.org – I would encourage you to contact them and see what the time frame is and learn a little bit more about adopting from Taiwan. Good luck!

  6. Sarah says:

    So grateful for your timeline. This is the number #1 ting I wish I saw more of on blogs. It really give perspective the whole process. We just received official approval from St Lucys and we are so excited! Obviously, we are anxious about the wait time for final decree and travel dates. Hopefully everything will go smooth and quickly. I was wondering if you have any suggestions of what to sent in a care packages?

  7. Cindy says:

    Hi Sarah, There have been a few changes to the adoption process on the Taiwan side of things since we adopted, but I think onced you are approved and moving through court, the timeline should be about the same. This part of the waiting, I think, is the hardest…you know who your child is now and you are completely dependent on others to complete the process. Wishing you many blessings on your adoption! (As for care packages, I have a few posts on my blog that show photos of what we sent – this link should take to the search results: https://adopttaiwan.wordpress.com/?s=care+package

  8. Heather says:

    Hi there! I found your blog through google. My hubby & I are pursuing adoption of a little boy in RK. He is listed with FEC. I would love more info. on your experience with them if you wouldn’t mind. Also, any info. on Taiwan & travel. My email address is littlehouseofperrys@gmail.com. I hope to hear from you! Thank you!

  9. Aly says:

    Hi! This message is for Sarah, seeing as your experience with St. lucy’s has been so recent….My husband and i are pursuing adoption within Taiwan. We are actually living in Taiwan now for an expat assignment. I’ve been doing a lot of research and have received different messages from agencies regarding approximate timeline and the process as a whole (specifically due to law changes in 2012) I’d love to chat with you if possible!!

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