August 30, 2010: Contacted 2nd agency and were given wait/process time that was more in alignment with our expectations and the staff was friendlier – decided to switch. Sent in preliminary application.
October 4, 2010: 2nd home study meeting
November 2, 2010: fingerprinting results received
November 12, 2010: Completed homestudy in our hands!!!
November 12, 2010: I-600A mailed
November 18, 2010: I-600A check was cashed
November 22, 2010: New homestudy received for Ghana and request to change our I-600A to Ghana sent to USCIS.
November 22, 2010: I-600A notification received
December 10, 2010: Received fingerprint appointments
December 16, 2010: Officially waiting
December 22, 2010: Fingerprint appointments
January 10, 2011: I-171H received
January 15, 2011: Dossier mailed to Ghana
January 25, 2011: REFERRAL!!!!
January 27, 2011: Chris and I got our vaccinations
February 14, 2011: Heather got her visa in the mail!
February 23, 2011: Heather leaves for Ghana and meets our new little man
March 11, 2011: Court date.. NOT
March 17, 2011: Court date!
March 30, 2011: Received adoption decree with incorrect birthdate.
April 15, 2011: Received correct adoption decree. Told it would be 1 week for the birth certificate.
May 24, 2011: FINALLY got the birth certificate with a different birth father name
May 25, 2011: Mailed in our 1-600
June 6, 2011: Received a letter from USCIS stating that they need the birth certificate within 45 days. Mailed it the next day.
June 13, 2011: Called and spoke to our USCIS agent. She received the bc and said she should have everything she needs, but didn’t want to give me any sort of timeline.
June 22, 2011: Corrected birth certificate was obtained
June 24, 2011: Received I600 approval!!!! Sent email to Embassy requesting to pick up visa packet
July 11, 2011: Received email from Embassy allowing us to pick up visa packet
July 13, 2011: Picked up our visa packet and requested an interview appointment.
Juy 15, 2011: Received emailed response giving us August 16th interview appointment
August 9, 2011: Passport picked up and Medical exam done
August: 16, 2011: Embassy appointment!!! They requested a new POA with DOB and photos of us with Kwasi. New appointment for next Tuesday.
August: 23, 2011: 2nd Embassy appointment goes great! We are told that the visa will be printed September 9th.
August 30, 2011: Received an email from the embassy saying the visa was printed. Bought new tickets to get Coen!
September 3, 2011: Left at 6:20 a.m. headed to Ghana
September 4, 2011: Picked up our Coen!!!!
September 6, 2011: Left for home
September 7, 2011: Reunited with the rest of our family. Coen meets everyone for the first time!