I can't believe we are already thinking about this, but Leah's first birthday party will be on Saturday, April 10, 2009 sometime in the afternoon. Hope to see lots of sunny faces there to celebrate our little angel's special day.
Having been diagnosed with infertility in May 2008 and facing tons of medical treatments that might not ever pay off to anyone except the medical community, we decided to pursue an adoption plan to start our family! We began researching our options back in June and our homestudy was complete on November 11, 2008.
On January 20, 2009, we were matched with a birth mother in Michigan (who now lives in Maryland). Our daughter Leah was born April 8, 2009 in Baltimore, MD. We took her home from the hospital on April 10, 2009 and back to Virginia on April 17th. We became her legal guardians April 27th and are now going through the post-placement legal process. Hopefully she'll be fully ours by the end of 2009!
Adoption Time Line
12/4/09 - We get word that Leah is legally ours forever!!
11/30/09 - Final adoption decree signed in court by Judge Charles Sharp! ADOPTION FINALIZED!
11/6/09 - Final post-placement meeting with Beth Johnston in Richmond
8/28/09 - Second post-placement meeting with Beth Johnston at home
5/29/08 - First post-placement meeting with Beth Johnston
4/28/09 - Tasha signs away her rights and we are made Leah's legal guardians
4/17/09 - Returned home to Virginia
4/10/09 - Left the hospital with Leah for initial stay in Maryland
4/8/09 - Leah Katherine Kosior born in Baltimore
3/30/09 - Found out "It's a Girl!"
2/28/09 - Met Tasha in person for first time
1/20/09 - Spoke with Tasha (birthmom) by telephone and she selected us
12/18/08 - Applied with Abby's One True Gift for African-American baby due in April
11/11/08 - Homestudy Officially Approved
10/24/08 - Draft of Homestudy Complete
9/08 - Meeting with Colleen Quinn, Adoption Attorney
9/08 - Third visit with Beth Johnston
8/22/08 - Home Visit (Visit #2) with Beth Johnston
8/7/08 - Fingerprints taken for background check
7/31/08 - First meeting with Beth Johnston, Social Worker
June 2008 - Attend RESOLVE Adoption Seminar, Richmond VA