Almost five months of home study appointments, doctors appointments, writing letters, gathering detailed financial statements, acquiring forms from insurance companies, local police, our bank, etc., filing our forms and getting everything notarized, our dossier is finally COMPLETE. We mailed it to our adoption agency today! It feels so wonderful to have this major step in our adoption process finished!
Several of you have been asking what the adoption process is from here and what the timeline looks like for bringing our children home. Once our agency reviews our dossier, it will be sent to the Secretary of State and Department of State for final authentication. It will then be sent to Ethiopia (YEA!) for translation and then to the appropriate government agency there. It may take up to a month for our paperwork to arrive in Ethiopia, and then we WAIT.
Another important step in the adoption process is to file with the US Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services. We will hopefully have this completed and mailed next week and then will wait for approval and for our CIS fingerprinting appointments.
And then we will continue to WAIT and PRAY. The current wait time for a referral is 9 -12 months (we pray our’s is not that long!) Brett and I are asking for a little boy and girl ages 0-4 years old. Our preference is that they are siblings but we are also open to non-related. Once we receive our referral we then have to wait for a court date appointment in Ethiopia. This is when we will travel for the first time and get to meet our precious children. After staying for a week, we will have to leave our babies in Ethiopia (this will certainly be the most difficult time) and then wait again (possibly four months) to pass court and be approved to return to Ethiopia and bring them home to be with us FOREVER.
So, this is going to be a very LONG process. We will fill our waiting time with life as normal, as well as planning fundraisers, applying for adoption grants, and reading books on adoption. It is so comforting to know that God’s timing is perfect and He has already chosen who our precious children are. We are also so grateful to have so many amazing friends and family encouraging us and supporting us through this journey, we couldn’t do it without you!