The OH Document Tour

This week I set about to get all of our OH documents notary certified and then authenticated at the Sectary of State’s office.  We had documents for OH that had notaries from Hamilton, Butler, and Madison counties.  So Monday morning I set off for the court house in Cincinnati to get all of our Hamilton county documents notary certified.  I’m glad I had been through jury duty last spring because I already knew my way around the court house and that made everything so much easier.  It took all of 10 minutes to get all 6 documents done and I was out of there.  In fact it took way longer to find a parking spot downtown than to get all of our documents certified… go figure :)

On Wednesday I drove up to Hamilton to the Butler County court house.  I had never been there before but it was very easy to find.  As I drove up there were several open parking meters right in front of the court house, yay!  As I walked into the court house there was an information desk and they told me exactly where the clerk of courts office was and in no time I had my home study notary certified.

Friday morning I got up nice and early and started off on my journey to get my final 2 documents notary certified and then I would head in to Columbus to visit the Sectary of State.  For our OH background checks I had to go to the Madison county court house which is in London, OH.  I had never been to London, OH before.  It’s this cute little town about an 1/2 hour southwest of Columbus.  The court house was awesome, it must have been about 200 years old.  When I entered the Clerk of Courts office there were 4 women sitting there.  Now in the other counties I had some one who looked up the notaries and then they had a stamp with the Clerk of Courts signature on it and they then stamped my certification.  Well not in this office :)  There was the Clerk of Courts sitting right there and once someone else had gotten my paperwork all ready she signed it all herself.  Gotta love small towns!

After I was done in London, OH I drove into Columbus to the Sectary of State’s office.  It was right in the middle of downtown and I again got lucky finding a parking space right out front at a meter.  When I entered the building I had to show my drivers license and then I was given a special visitor pass so I could enter the Sectary’s offices.  Someone came out and looked at all my documents and said they would be back in about 10 minutes with them all done.  It was so simple and now all my OH documents are ready for the Chinese Embassy!

After the Sectary of State’s office I drove up to visit with Laura (my sister in law) and           Kal-el (my nephew).  It was so much fun to hang out with them!  It was also kind of crazy to see Kal-el because he is 1 year younger than Zi Xuan but he is the same size and a few pounds heaver than him.  I can’t believe I have a son who is just Kal-el’s size!  I can’t wait to get this little guy home!!!

Our papers are now traveling to Washington, DC!

With all of our OH documents now authenticated it meant that we were ready to send our Dossier (minus one document) to Washington DC to be authenticated by the Chinese Embassy.  This morning I sent our Dossier and a copy of it to a courier who will hand deliver it 1st to the US State Department so that they can affix their seal upon each document.  Then the courier will bring the Dossier to the Chinese Embassy so that they too can authenticate each document.  Once the Chinese Embassy’s seal is upon each document they will be ready to send to China!  Can you believe it… our great paper chase is almost done!!!!!

Now on a side note…

We still have 1 document missing from our Dossier, the approval from the US government to bring a child into the country (ie our I800a form).  Patrick and I will be finger printed on 2/23 and after than we will be eligible to get this approval.  I would love for us to get this approval on the day we get finger printed but from what I’ve been hearing it’s taking 7 weeks from when they received your paper work until you get your approval.  So that would put us into the beginning of march but I’m hoping they speed up here and we get it sooner.  Once we get this approval I’ll have to run it through the same steps as the other Dossier documents before it will be ready to go to China but I think I’ll be able to do that within a week thanks to over night mail.

Here’s to getting our Dossier to China in March!

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Adoption Timeline
  • Summer 2010 - started talking about adoption
  • Aug 19, 2010 - participated in webinar
  • Sep 22, 2010 - mailed in adoption application
  • Sep 28, 2010 - adoption application accepted
  • Oct 8, 2010 - fingerprints for home study
  • Oct 14, 2010 - fire inspection done
  • Oct 25, 2010 - Patrick & Kimberly complete physicals for the adoption
  • Nov 4, 2010 - finished Heart of the Matters Parent Education
  • Nov 9, 2010 - Ariel's physical is completed
  • Nov 15, 2010 - 1st Home Study Visit
  • Dec 10, 2010 - Kimberly's Individual Interview with Social Worker
  • Dec 16, 2010 - Patrick & Ariel's Individual Interview with Social Worker
  • Dec 19, 2010 - Received rough draft of Home Study to review
  • Jan 7, 2011 - Received Final Home Study
  • Jan 7, 2011 - Sent I800A form into USCIS
  • Jan 18, 2011 - We see our son's face for the 1st time!
  • Jan 21, 2011 - Submit Letter of Intent to China
  • Jan 27, 2011 - Receive Pre-Approval from China
  • March 7, 2011 - I800a approval
  • March 24, 2011 - Dossier to China
  • April 2, 2011 - Log In Date
  • May 16, 2011 - LOA
  • June 2, 2011 - I800 Approval
  • June 10, 2011 - Cable sent by National Visa Center
  • June 13, 2011 - NVC Letter & final paper work sent to Agency!!!!
  • June 23, 2011 - Article 5 papers dropped off
  • July 8, 2011 - Article 5 pick up
  • July 19, 2011 - Travel Approval!!!!!!
  • August 15, 2011 - Forever Family Day!!!!!!
  • August 25, 2011 - Arrive home; Xander becomes a US citizen :)