The idea of adoption was growing in our hearts long before we started the official adoption process. Here's a basic idea of our timeline so far.
Feb - Grant and Brooke moved to the United States (6 weeks after our wedding!)
Apr - Maxwell is born!
Nov - Obtained "Green Cards" (Permanent Residency in USA)
Jan - Began to research whether adoption was legal/possible for us
Mar - First visited an adoption agency; discovered that we could legally adoptApr - Reading, praying, talking about and researching adoption
Nov - Decided to adopt!
Dec - Home Study visit #1 of 3! The process begins!
Feb - Home Study visit #2 of 3, completed many requirements
Apr - Final Home Study visit (3 of 3)! Our social worker is ready to show our profile
May - Home Study completed
Jul - Launched our fundraising campaign
Oct - Signed on with a 2nd agency
Nov - Met with a birth mom, did not result in a match
Jan 14th - Our future son was born in Wichita - we had no idea he existed!
Feb 1st - Signed on with an Adoption Consulting agency
Feb 11th - Heard about Marcus - agreed to be considered to adopt him
Feb 12th - Chosen to adopt Marcus! Began the drive to Kansas
Feb 13th - Held our baby boy! Met his birth mom for the first time!
Feb 14th - Filed adoption papers!
Feb 19th - ICPC Clearance to leave KS
Feb 20th - Met with Judge & attorney at Sedgwick County Courthouse in KS
Feb 21st - Arrived home in Nashville, a family of four!
Feb 28th - Marcus's due date! At seven weeks old, he's really zero
Mar 4th - Marcus admitted to hospital after a severe apnea episode
Mar 7th - Marcus discharged from hospital
Mar 11th - An ENT diagnosed Laryngomalacia. Back on apnea monitor 24/7
Mar 14th - Post-placement visit with Heaven Sent Children
Mar 28th - Marcus's adoption was finalized in the Kansas courts!
May 6th - Marcus is officially removed from the apnea monitor!
July 14th - Marcus turned six months old - a healthy, thriving boy!