The most amazing phone call that we ever received came on September 11, 2007. Our social worker in Overland Park, KS had a conference call with Rena in Salina, KS and myself, Nate, in Kansas City, MO, about four siblings in Bogota, Colombia, South America. We got a referral that ended our deferred hope.
It had to be a God-thing; I think it happened inside of five seconds. We looked at their picture and they went from being strangers to being the most beautiful children in the world! They immediately stole our hearts! We were hooked for life. We were theirs and they were ours. What seemed like countless hours of preparation and years of prayer became flesh and fabric.
From Start to Gotcha Day!
October 16,2007 - We met our children!!!
October 13, 2007 - Flew to Bogota', Colombia
September 13, 2007 - Submitted our letter of acceptance
September 11, 2007 - "WE GOT THE CALL!!!"
July and August - waiting on the call for the "official" referral
June 15, 2006 - Dossier sent to ICBF (Colombia's Child Welfare Bureau)
May 29, 2007 - Dossier sent to Colombia for translation
May 28, 2007 - Dossier sent in to agency for approval
May 23, 2007 - Paperwork apostilled in Topeka, Kansas
May 21, 2007 - Received I171H (International Adoption Approval through INS)
May 11, 2007 - Received "unofficial" referral of 4 children, ages 5,3,2,1, from the Bogota Region
April 16, 2007 - INS Fingerprints and I600A Application sent off.
April 12, 2007 - Home Study and Home Visits Finished
February 20, 2007 - Application Approved and had our first meeting with our social worker
December 17, 2006 - First informational meeting with CHI