Our Adoption Timeline

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Here’s our adoption timeline thus far for those who are interested in seeing what’s involved and how long it can take…I will be continually updating this and the post will stay as a link under the “Two Plus One” category header…

  • 2015
    • May – Met with a couple who’d adopted from Ethiopia 3X through PDX agency  and highly recommended. Met with agency, submitted application with fee.
    • June – Completed 10 hrs of online adoption education courses. Mailed both dossiers with 1st payment – one for USCIS I-600A, other for Ethiopian embassy. Paperwork included proof of current financial, employment and housing status, 6 letters of recommendation from non-family and fingerprints (2 of the 3 we had to do in the process – these were for DHS and for OSP).
    • July – Home Study – Part I (home). Home Study – Part II (at agency). Home Study draft received, edits made and sent for approval/signature. Home Study signed copies received and mailed with I-600A to USCIS for approval.
    • August – Received USCIS receipt confirmation & fingerprint appt notification.
    • September – Completed fingerprinting at USCIS. Received request from USCIS for more documentation and because of that, an updated Home Study.
    • October – Agency updated HS & delivered. Mailed updated packet to USCIS.
    • November – I-600A approval letter received! Notary appointment for Ethiopia dossier then certification @ state capitol. Mailed checks and packet to agency who mailed to embassy in DC, who forwarded to Ethiopian Embassy in Addis.
    • December – Dossier arrived in Ethiopia for translation and processing.
  • 2016
    • January – Dossier translation complete, awaiting referral (match with a child). Due to political turmoil and reorganization of MOWA, wait is expected to be longer until things settle down (2017).
    • May – Agency advised new MOWA staff in place in Addis.
    • June – Began HS renewal process with updated financial, medical, background checks. Now informed us that it’d be 2 -4 years til referral/match, and advised wait times post-referral (to bring child home) are currently 14-18 months. Asked if we wanted to change to India which would mean starting over at back of line AND another $15K (they said the $ given so far keeps the orphanages going and is not transferrable).
    • July – Received draft HS Update for approval. Sent back for signature/notary.
    • September – I-600A renewed by USCIS through 2018.
    • October – Fingerprints renewed through 12/2017. Ethiopia is now in 6 month State of Emergency – no one beyond staff allowed in orphanages.
    • November – Attended informational meeting about domestic adoption in case international program closes.
    • December – Noticed agency is promoting India and to adopt in either country, couple’s combined age must be less than ours. Agency claims we’re fine.
  • 2017
    • January – Agency’s guest house for adopting families has been closed.
    • February – Attended $500 2-day domestic adoption training to learn more. What a shitshow – open adoption agency contractually requires regular visitation with birth parent(s) after the adoption, and were treated like hell after an emergency medical situation and not allowed to make up the final 4 hours of training. Withdrew and no longer looking at domestic open-adoption unless our program closes. Agency still processing referrals, albeit slowly.
    • April – USCIS announced Ethiopia has suspended its adoption program the day before we found out our 6th DEIVF failed. The country has not responded to any inquiries. We’re now looking at domestic agencies that have semi-open adoption (meet the birth mother but no contractually required visits).
    • May – Found out-of-state domestic adoption agency with offices in Oregon that works throughout the US on trans-racial, semi-open adoptions, with average wait time of 6-12 months. Our existing international agency duplicated our existing home study for us to use for the domestic application for free, so we created profile book and sent 30 to agency ($500 using Mixbook + coupons), where they are reviewed by social workers around the country and shared with birth mothers who match. Agency will send monthly updates.
    • July – 6 birth mothers have viewed our book.
    • August – 16 birth mothers have viewed our book – sent 30 more books.
    • September – 22 birth mothers have viewed our book.

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  One thought on “Our Adoption Timeline

  1. January 7, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Everything seems to take forever!

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  2. January 7, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Yikes what a slog! Well done for getting through it, hopefully the next part won’t take as long as you think.

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    • January 8, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Yeah you know it’s funny, I keep thinking we’re going to get our little girl faster than they say. But that could just be because Jennifer Lopez’s character did in “What to Expect…” LOL…

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  3. Pleasepullupachair
    February 15, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I love this timeline, I am going to have to copy this for our adoption process, it is such a great way to look back and to share with others!

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    • February 15, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Thanks! In my Two Plus One I have adoption tags on the blogs that talk more in detail about this part of our family-building process if you’re curious. The most notes are early on in Spring and Summer 2015 🙂 thanks for stopping by!!

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  4. May 29, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    This is a wonderful idea doing an adoption timeline gives others a really good insight to the process!!! Wish I could find something like this from an Aussie couple: adoption from Australia seems soooo difficult 😦 good luck!!!

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    • May 29, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks!! It’s so much longer of a wait to adopt internationally from the US than it used to be because they take more precautions while having less staff to do it…but it’s still faster than Australia…why in the world do our countries make it so hard when there are SO many kids out there who need homes…good luck to you as well!!

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