Thursday, August 7, 2008


Our dossier is on it's way Ethiopia! We are ten months into the process so this is a huge relief! Once it reaches Ethiopia, we will officially be on the wait list for a child, a baby girl from 0-12 months. The wait time is 2-5 months for a referral according to our agency is 2-5 months but most of the families that have adopted from our agency have gotten a referral within 6 weeks or so. We will see.

When you get a referral, the agency usually calls you to let you know that that you have an email. This is the call I dream of at night. Anyway, you usually get a few pictures and the medical and family history of the child if they know it.

After a referral is accepted, they will set a court date to assign that child to us, meaning legally adopt. The courts are closed in Aug and Sept for rain season/holiday. They will begin assigning court date again at the end of Sept. for October. In many cases, you don't get through court the first time. I'm praying that we do go through the first time.

After a successful court date, the child legally belongs to us. We then have to wait for a date to be set to interview and have a visa ordered and issued. This takes up to 2 months but it has also happened fast. We just have to wait and see.
So for now, I pray to the Lord who knows all, for a healthy child that is meant to be with our family. I await our new baby girl!


Paul and DeeDee said...

oh man 6 weeks?!?! Praying hard for that!!!

I'm sad b/c I think the group is deciding to meet on the 23rd and we wont be able to make it but I so want to go to kereje and hang out with you guys...haha I thought about voting on the poll a hundred times for the 16th but decided against it:) I know I know.

Domestic Goddess said...

Praise the Lord! What an answer to prayer. I prayed for your paperwork last night and then this morning I get on here to read this. Needless to say I am in tears, doesn't take much for me, but that is a HUGE answer to prayer. I am so happy for you guys and I can't wait to see pictures and meet the pretty princess. LOVE YOU GUYS! ONE MORE DAY AND WE WILL BE THERE...I can't wait! Love you.

Lisa J. said...

Yay - I can't wait for the referral post!!

Shannon and Dan said...

Holy smokes--6 weeks!!! Our wait is estimated to be 12-15 months for a female under 12 months. I have my fingers crossed that you get your little one home before Christmas.