With adoption, there are many steps that must be completed before we can progress to the next possibly time consuming stage. Currently we are in the waiting stage, which is currently estimated at 5 -7 months. In this stage we are waiting to get a referral of a child. If we accept the child referral, we then wait for our child to process through the court system after which we can travel to Ethiopia to pick them up.
From the beginning of the paperwork to having our child at home with us, the process takes about a year. We started with submitting our application in August, and then attended a 2 day Pre-Adoptive Parenting Class. After the class, M. and I had to write self-studies and complete a trans-racial parenting plan. Once this homework was submitted, we met with our social worker to complete our home study. The homestudy was one of the documents sent in with our dossier on November 16th.
An estimated date projection would be:
8/07 – 11/07 Paperwork, Home Study, More Paperwork
11/07 – 6/08 Waiting for Referral
5/08 – 7/08 Estimated Time of Referral – could come earlier or later, though
8/08 – 9/08 Travel to Addis Ababa to pick up baby
*As I have said many times before, this time frame is merely an estimate. Things could happen much faster or much slower so we are trying to keep our schedule relatively clear.