When you adopt internationally, it takes an entirely different path than a pregnancy or a domestic adoption. Full of waiting, ups and downs, and milestones that turn into just another wait. The process can be painfully slow only to become incredibly sped up at the end, or speed along until you’re ready and then take an unexpected turn that leaves you waiting more.
As we’ve found out, you can even be in a program or with an agency and have it all change in an instant.
So just what happens in an international adoption? How does it all work for most people who look overseas to expand their families? How long does each process take?
Below is a timeline of international adoption for most people. Although some things differ (there are countries that require you to travel 2-3 times), in general this is the breakdown of what to expect when you start an international adoption.
Diana blogs on raising a toddler daughter, the loss of her twin boys, and their families’ Korean adoption on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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