So how long is all this going to take? A question we seem to be getting a lot lately. Here is my best attempt to explain our time line/process:
Right now we are working on our dossier. It will probably be another couple of months before all the documents have returned and we are able to send the completed dossier to the U.S. department of State and the Ethiopian Embassy.
Once the dossier reaches Ethiopia it will take about 6 months to receive a referral for our child. When we receive a referral we will get a picture of our child and any medical/background information that is available about our child.
Once we accept the referral (just a matter of a couple days) our agency will send the dossier and our child’s information to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Ethiopia. The new travel requirements for Ethiopia will require us to travel to Ethiopia for the first time at this point. We will get to meet our child and finalize the adoption in country. Sadly, we will not get to bring our child home at this point. After staying in Ethiopia about a week we will return to the U.S. and wait another couple of months. Once everything is approved, stamped with a big stamp and checked another hundred times we will travel to bring our child home!
So…. if all goes smoothly, our homecoming should be around ten months from now. Whew.
It’s amazing to sit here at my computer and think about this process. We will ACTUALLY fly to Africa and bring our child home. It’s not a dream, it’s not a nice thought. It is reality. So weird, in a good way. (=