Monday, March 5, 2012


So just about everyone who talks with us about our adoption has two questions: "Are you adopting a girl?" and "How long until you have your child?" The answer to question number one is simple, we don't know. Just like we didn't know what our other three children would be, we also don't know the sex of number four. However, if Michaela gets her way this child will be a sister, but only God knows.
As for question number two, well, that one is not as easy to answer. The timeline for adoption is so variable. We truly are only at the beginning of this journey. We have not had a home study yet, and we have just begun compiling our dossier (definition of dossier according to Websters: a file containing detailed records on a particular person or subject). We have been told that it can take anywhere from 3-6 months to complete our dossier, so while we are hoping to do it in 3, realistically it could be 6. Our agency tells us that the time period from the beginning of the adoption until our child comes home is somewhere between 12-18 months. Since we are about two months in, that means another 10-16 months to go. I think my daughter said it best in her post, we need patience for this whole process even though we would prefer it happen in a snap.

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