Sunday, January 20, 2013

The adoption process


  1. Complete the agency's pre-approval steps.  Application and phone interview.  DONE
  2. Sign the online service agreement and send in the commitment fee.  1/2 DONE
  3. Complete documents that are notarized, apostilled, and mailed to Bulgaria.
  4. Complete your home study and dossier.  JUST STARTED
  5. Trip 1 to Bulgaria, one week.  
  6. Come home, complete I-800, and second stage dossier documents.
  7. The rest of the process happens in Bulgaria.  Time between 1st and 2nd trips varies but can be 4-5 months.
  8. 2nd trip is after the adoption is final.  You pick up the child, apply for a passport, and the visa and then come home.  Typically a week.

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