September 26, 2011

Adoption Process Overview

I have had lots of people ask me what our adoption process will entail, so I wanted to give everyone a very concise overview. 

This is from start to finish for an international adoption:
  • Choose country to adopt from
  • Choose agency that works with your country
  • Provide initial application, with references, to adoption agency for review
  • Receive preliminary approval into the program
  • Begin your home study with a licensed home study provider
  • Receive official acceptance into the program (Requires home study review)
  • Make application for USCIS approval
  • Dossier compilation and submitted to agency for approval
  • Send Complete Dossier for authentication and translation
  • Start your immunizations
  • Receive Referral for your child. (Normally, within 3-6 months after Dossier submission)
  • Receive Court Assignment (1-6 months post referral)
  • Travel for 1st visitation and court appearance
  • Prepare final documents and discuss travel
  • Pick up your Child (Normally, 8-10 weeks post court approval)
  • Come home celebrating your new child
  • Complete a series of post placement assessments
  • Enjoy your new family
I hope this helps you understand the process more, but if you're anything like I was, you're probably just more confused. :)  That is alright though, we'll figure everything out as we go along.

On a completely different note, I found an amazing fundraiser that I'm very excited about! It's called Leaves of Love.  For every donation we receive the donor will place his/her fingerprint on our tree to make leaves.  It is such a neat idea.  We will be taking our naked tree to all our fundraising events and adding a fingerprint for every online donation. 

Super cute, huh? I hope you'll consider being a part of our family tree!!

1 comment:

  1. Good Luck Guys!!! God knows what he is doing before even we know what we are doing...Keep the Faith always, Love Shannon