Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Process!

Before we began our journey, we had no idea what people were talking about with all of the different adoption terms... referral, dossier..., or the what their process looked like. :) So we wanted to give you an idea of the steps involved in the international adoption process for Uganda.*

Thank you so much for following along with us!

p.s. There is a reward at the end of the post (in the form of a pic ;-))!

1. Apply to an adoption agency
If your agency is out of your state, then apply to a home study agency as well who will complete your home study (and most likely post adoption items as well).

2. Complete paperwork
After approved by your agency(ies) complete initial packet of paperwork and forms to get started and get locked into your program.

3. Complete home study
This is usually 3-4 "visits" with your home study coordinator. We had an orientation (at our home study agency's office), 2 in-home visits, and then our home study review counted as our 4th. While completing your home study,  there are multiple education and other agency requirements to complete as well. We completed one 10 hour online course, one 9 hour online course, another 2.5 hours of online reading, and more.

4. USCIS Approval
After your home study has been approved by your home study agency, your adoption agency (if different) and you, your agency will send you many notorized copies of your home study. You will then send your home study and some other vital documents to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for approval. Timeline for this is 90 days. In that time, USCIS will send you a letter confirming they received your documents. Next they will send you a letter stating when your biometrics fingerprint appointment is. (You may have already gotten your ink fingerprints done for your state, this one is digital and for federal) Then you wait for approval.

5. Referral Process
After USCIS approval you enter into the Referral Process. This is when your family is matched with a little one. Current timeline for Uganda is about 12 months.

6. Dossier
A packet of vital records and documents that gets sent to Uganda/your country before you travel. Takes about one month to get together and send to Uganda to be filed in court for a court hearing. (Dossier cannot be completed until your are matched with a little one.)

7. Await court date
After you accept the referral, you wait for a court date in Uganda. Once the documents are filed in court, it takes about 2-4 months to receive a court date. 

8. Travel!
There is another 1-2 month wait on the United States' end to complete paperwork. It is about 4-5 months before you travel to Uganda, after accepting a referral. The in-country travel time for Uganda is 4-6 weeks.

The current timeline for Uganda adoptions is 24-30 months. This is one of the recent changes. God is in control, God is in control, God is IN control. :)

Right??? :) Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

We know that God is holding this entire process and our family, including our newest sweet little, in His hands!!! And we cannot wait to bring our newest little one home!! To meet her sweet 'n silly siblings!! :)


More party pics and so much more to post soon!

*This is the experience and timeline through our adoption agency.


Rebecca Jo said...

I've had a few friends go through the adoption process.. & they say its like their own 'labor pains' :)

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Lindsey said...

This is so exciting! I love hearing about the process and can't wait to learn more about it!:)

Mandy Rose said...

So fun going through this process with you! Love you girl!

Anna said...

Good luck as you go through this process!

Adrienne said...

OH my gosh, this is so cool! My husband and I want to adopt [someday]. It's awesome to see other couples who God has placed adoption on their hearts :)

Mama in Training said...

Girl, I am so excited for you and your precious crew. What a blessing you are to the gifts God has given you. I hope to meet your little angel VERY SOON!!! XOXOXO
-Much love and hugs,
Michelle :)

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

What a process...it definitely takes an awesome family to go through that all!

What a blessing you will be to your new child.

Life and Times . . . said...

I find it interesting that every country is different. In Bulgaria you submit your Dossier and then you wait. The wait is about 2 years from the time your Dossier is registered. We just finished updating our home study. It is a lot of work and paperwork, but it definitely will be worth it in the end.

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