We've been blessed with the addition of our four year old daughter from Ethiopia. We fell in love with Ethiopia and want to honor the gift of our daughter by continuing to embrace her amazing homeland. Join us on our journey as we become a family of six through international adoption and as we work to support the beautiful country of Ethiopia.
Now that we have started to share the news about our adoption, we should probably explain a little about the process and where we are "at." 1. Tons of paperwork - done! We had to have a home study completed, doctor visits, social worker visits, fingerprinting done, clearance from Homeland Security, etc. This step took us about six months. 2. Get on the wait list- this is where we are... our dossier (all the paperwork) is in Ethiopia! The fact that our "stuff" is in Africa is very exciting! 3. Get a referral - next step for us 4. Child gets a court date in Ethiopia and hopefully passes through court the first time. (Usually takes 2-3 months from referral date to get first court date.) If they don't pass the first time, they get a second date, etc... 5. Child gets a date at the US Embassy in Addis Ababa (capital city in Ethiopia) (usually 2-6 weeks after passing court)- and we travel to take her to this appointment and bring her home!
Many people have asked "how long will it all take?" This is a tough question to answer. It can take as little as one month of waiting for a referral or it can take closer to six months...We don't have all the answers, but this much we know for sure - it will be worth the wait!
For now, here is one of my favorite quotes : "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just the first step." Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.