Colombia Adoption Timeline

Our Colombia Adoption Timeline

  • May 14 2015 -          Requested information on waiting child named "J". 
  • May 28, 2015 -         Made a request for more information on "J". 
  • June 07, 2015 -        Submitted the request to adopt "J". 
  • June 19, 2015 -         Received the letter from Colombia that "J" would be held for us.
  • June 20, 2015 -         Met with social worker to do updated homestudy.
  • June 25, 2015 -         Submitted all application materials to CHSM.
  • July 10, 2015 -          Began compiling the dossier documents.
  • Aug 28, 2015 -         Received finalized updated homestudy.
  • Aug 29, 2015 -         Applied for I800A
  • Aug 29, 2015 -         Got fingerprints and sent in docs for FBI background check.
  • Oct 15, 2015 -          Got the I800A approval and apostilled FBI check back, on the same day!
  • Oct 28, 2015 -          Submitted the full dossier to CHSM, who sent it to Colombia.
  • Nov 11, 2015 -         Dossier submitted to Casa. This was "J"s Birthday!
  • Dec 1, 2015 -           Dossier approved by Casa. Sent to Adoption Committee.
  • Dec 14, 2015 -         The Adoption Committee was supposed to meet and then did not.
  • Dec 21, 2015 -         The Adoption Committee met and approved our dossier to adopt "J". 
  • Dec 28, 2015 -         Official Referral from CHSFS that we were approved.
  • Dec 29, 2015 -         We submitted our official referral acceptance letter to adopt "J". 
  • Jan 5, 2016 -            CHSFS sent us translations of the docs for the I800. Fast turnaround! 
  • Jan 8, 2016 -            We two-day shipped our I800 application to USCIS. 
  • Jan 11, 2016 -          USCIS received our I800.
  • Feb 5, 2016 -           I800 was approved and sent to the National Visa Center (NVC)
  • Feb 8, 2016 -            We called NVC for case # and invoice #
  • Feb 8, 2016 -            We submitted DS-260
  • March 2016-            Traveled to Colombia.
  • March 8, 2016-         Encuentro (Meet your child day!)
  • March 8-17, 2016     Integration Period.
  • March 18, 2016-       Sentencia (official adoption day!)
  • March 19-22-            Getting final documents and J passport.
  • End of March, 2016- Travel home! 
Our total process was less than a year, and we only spent 4 weeks in Colombia. 

This is extremely fast time-line and not the usual for an adoption from Colombia.


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