South African Adoption Timeline

South Africa

International Adoption Program

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Here is a rundown of the steps that we took in our adoption process to give you a quick overview.  It took us over three years, but we got it done!  Praise God!

  • Attend informational meeting — completed March 19, 2013
  • Fill out preliminary application completed April 25, 2013
  • Submit Financial statements and pre-app paperwork completed May 2, 2013
  • Fill out and submit Formal Application completed May 20, 2013
  • Sign contract with Bethany Christian Servicescompleted June 2, 2013
  • Get fingerprinted for background check — completed June 8, 2013
  • Background check with the FBI (can take up to 3 months to finish)completed August 30, 2013
  • Home study (at least 3 separate meetings with our social worker) completed November 14, 2013
  • Complete at least 10 hours of education during home study — completed September, 2013
  • Select foreign adoption country to adopt from and apply to that program– completed October 17, 2013
  • Fill out/submit I800A to USCIS completed December 4, 2013
  • Apply for/Update passports — completed January 13, 2014
  • Receive I-797 form from USCIS completed March 1, 2014
  • Organize, apostille and submit Dossier — completed March 20, 2014
  • Dossier arrives in country in South Africa — completed March 28, 2014
  • Update Homestudycompleted November, 2014
  • Update I-800A with USCIScompleted March, 2015
  • Fundraise, Fundraise, Fundraise! — completed May, 2015
  • Complete 10 hours of education prior to child referral  completed September, 2015
  • Update Homestudy (again!)completed December, 2015
  • Receive soft referral of child — completed March 3, 2016
  • Submit Referral information to U of M International Adoption Clinic — completed March 4, 2016
  • Receive Official Referralcompleted March 30, 2016
  • Accept Official Referral — completed March 31, 2016
  • Apply for 1-800 with USCIS completed April 2, 2016
  • USCIS approval — completed  May 9, 2015
  • Complete 10 hours of education prior to travel to country — completed April 2016
  • Receive court appt date and then make plans to travelcompleted May 30, 2016
  • Travel to South Africa — completed June 5-7, 2016
  • Meet Our child, Palesa — completed June 7, 2016
  • Palesa goes into our care — completed June 9, 2016
  • Attend court and legally adopt Palesa — completed June 15, 2016
  • Fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town for the Home Affairs process to begin — completed June 18, 2016
  • Immigration medicals for Palesa — completed June 22, 2016
  • Adoption documents are sent to Central Authority in Pretoria, South Africa, and article 23 Certificate of Conformity is issued — completed June 24, 2016
  • Apply for passport with the Department of Home Affairs — completed June 28, 2016
  • Adoption documents apostilled in Pretoria by the High Court — completed June 30, 2016
  • Noting of Adoption with the Department of Home Affairs — completed July 5, 2016
  • Received passport for Palesa — completed July 7, 2016
  • Fly back to Johannesburg — completed July 10, 2016
  • Attend US Consolate appointment in Johannesburg — completed July 12, 2016
  • Obtain Palesa’s Visa — completed July 12, 2016
  • Travel back to US — completed July 13-14, 2016
  • Complete post-placement initial visit — completed July 21, 2016
  • Post-adoption Physical — completed July 28, 2016
  • Complete post-placement 3-month home visit — completed September 12, 2016
  • Complete post-placement 6-month home visit — completed December 27, 2016
  • Obtain Birth Certificate and SSN — in progress…
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One Response to South African Adoption Timeline

  1. soulspartan says:

    This list is truly an “altar of remembrance” (e.g. Joshua 4:1-9; Genesis 28:10-19) of the Lord’s faithfulness in guiding & sustaining you all in all of these details! I cannot imagine the amount of work it has been, but you are already beginning to harvest some of the early fruit! Praise the LORD!

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