STARTLING STATS ABOUT ETHIOPIA
February 14, 2010: Applied to AWAA
March 1: Accepted by AWAA into the Ethiopia program! Filled out Grievance Agreement, Privacy Agreement, AWAA agreement, and sent our first program fee installment.
March 4: Started 8 hour Hague training
March 5: Heard from our Family Coordinator Caitlin. Let the paperwork begin!!!!
March 30: Haque training complete!
April 8: George & Shannon's physicals complete and approved by Caitlin
April 26: Home Study documents sent off to AWAA.
May 10: First Home Study visit
May 17: Second Home Study visit
May 20: Third Home Study visit
June 29: Received finalized Home Study
June 29: Mailed off I600A and Home Study
June 30: I600A recieved by USCIS
July 20: Biometrics Appointment
July 21: George takes papers to be certified.
July 22: Receive correctly certified Papers
July 31: I171-H Arrives!!!! Sent our Dossier to AWAA
August 6: DTE!!! The waiting begins!
September 6: 1 Month DTE
October 6: 2 Months DTE
November 6: 3 Months DTE
November 12: ON DECK!
January 21: informed that the wait for a baby boy has been extended to 5-8 months.
July 6th: RECEIVED REFERRAL for 5 1/2 month old baby boy!!!!
Nov. 3 Court date!
Nov. 4th PASSED COURT!!!!!!! Ezekiel Aman Sterling DeVol
Dec. 5th Submitted to Embassy
1/4/12 Case sent to USCIS in Nairobi
1/11/12 Case arrived in Nairobi
2/12/12 HOME FOREVER!!!!!!!!!
Here is a breakdown of the costs of adopting from Ethiopia.
PHASE ONE: Application and Paper-chase
Application Fee: $250
1st Installment of Program Fee $1125
Misc. (supplies & UPS) $187
Adoptive Parent Training $175
Home Study $1800
Documents/Background Checks/Passports $320
USCIS Fee & Fingerprinting $830
Notarization, Certification & Authentication $40
Post Adoption Report Deposit (refundable if all reports are returned on time) $1000
PHASE ONE TOTAL: $5,727
PHASE TWO: Dossier Submission and Waiting
Courier Service $150
2nd Installment of Program fee $1500
Dossier Service & Translation $800
1/2 of International Program Fee $3750
2nd Post Placement Deposit $1000
VACCINES FOR 4 $1000PHASE TWO TOTAL:$8,200
PHASE THREE: REFERRAL & TRAVEL
International Specialist Consultant $500
3rd Installment of Program Fee $1125
1/2 International Program Fee $3, 750
Post placement fee $385Airfare Trip 1 $5186
Visas Trip 1 $80
In -Country Travel Package Trip 1 2 Adults, 2 Children$4,900 ($3900 package cost, $500 food etc. $500 souvenirs)
Airfare Trip 2 $2,400-4,000
Visas Trip 2 $40
Visa/Embassy Fee (for child) $400
In-Country Travel Package Trip 2 $1,000-2,000
Misc. fees (spending $, luggage fees, etc.)
PHASE THREE TOTAL: $19,000 - 23,000
PHASE FOUR: POST ADOPTION
Post Adoption Visits $300-$1,500
PHASE FOUR TOTAL $985-2,885
PROJECTED TOTAL: $30,207 - $40,107
TOTAL TO DATE: $29,963