I’ve been asked a few times about how long it takes to complete an International Adoption. The answer varies drastically depending on what Country and what Agency you choose as well as the parameters you have set for the *proposal. China for example is around three years while Russia can be completed in around a year and a half.
Here is a summary of my adoption time line.
*Proposal or Referral is the document that contains the photo(s) and medical information on a child that is available for adoption
Home study started and PRIDE course taken. Agency and Country chosen
Home study Ministry approved for Kazakhastan
Paperwork prepared and Dossier ready for translation and signature
by Kaz Embassy.
Kazakhastan announced suspension of international adoption to new
applicants. Informed by Agency that my paperwork did not meet the
deadline… fading to black and starting over
New agency (Adoption Horizons) and Country (Russia) chosen. All
paperwork expired and must be redone.
October 29, 2010-
Home study updated, paperwork updated submitted to Ministry
Home study update approved by Ministry. Region Assigned- Volgograd
Dec 24th 2010-
Papers submitted to Russian Embassy
Papers signed by Russian Embassy and off to Volgograd for
End of January 2011-
Paperwork is officially registered in Region
May 31, 2011-
Proposal Received!!!!!!! Almost exactly 4 months from
June 12- June 24th, 2011-
sister Cat. Fell in love, signed a lot of papers, saw a bunch of
doctors, oowed and awed, laughed and cried.
August 26- Sept 10th, 2011
Sept 2nd, 2011
Gotcha Day- (the day I got to bust Roman outta the orphanage)
Moscow- Embassy paperwork. Passports received, ready for home
Saturday Sept 10th, 2011
Final flight to Toronto
Home Sweet Home