I'm trying not to have any expectations about this adoption process but boy is it hard! I keep dreaming of this child and trying to place some kind of time frame for how long we'll be waiting! I got an email from Edna Gladney and thought I'd share a "typical" timeline with y'all
It takes about 8 months to complete all the paperwork. Basically we have to be approved by Gladney, by the US gov't, and the Ethiopian gov't. Needless to say, there is A LOT of paperwork involved in all that.
Once we have those approvals, we'll be on the wait list for a referral. We'll be waiting for a child between the ages of 6 months-18 months (ish). The current wait time is about 4 months.
Once we accept our referral (which is an actual child presented to us), we have about 1-2 months to wait for a court date. That happens in Ethiopia and we don't have to be there for it. At that court date, the judge there approves the adoption and it's official (well, part-way official).
Then it's typically 2-6 weeks after the court date that we get to travel to Ethiopia to meet our child.
So if you add that all up, we're looking at maybe 16 months or so. Of course that can change in a heartbeat but I wanted to give y'all an idea of what we're looking at!
We've been meeting some people around here who have adopted or are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia, including Riley & Allyn's new pediatrican! That was a really exciting thing to have happen, since I was really really bummed about our old pediatrican leaving!
I wanted to write more but Allyn's up from her nap! So that's it for now!