- Birth and marriage certificates
- Police and FBI reports
- Medical reports from dr.'s for whole family
- Financial Records
- Reference letters
- Home visits with a case worker(family and individual interviews)
The last and final step is to complete our Dossier. This includes getting originals of all documents above and a whole lot more paperwork. This will all be sent along with our HomeStudy to the Ethiopian government for review.
It can take 3-6 months to complete all the above processes.
After submitting our Dossier we will wait for a Referral, this wait can be 3-4 months.
A referral is when your agency contacts you and says they have a child available for you. You will be given a picture and some information about your baby.
Yes, we will travel to Ethiopia to bring home our baby. We would travel 1-2 months after getting our referral. We will spend about 7-10 days in Ethiopia visiting orphanages, experiencing the culture and loving on our new baby.
and then.....home we will come to start our journery as a family of 5.
They say this whole long process can take 8-12 months. It sounds so long but I will not complain, I will not be throwing up!!!!
I hope this answers some of your questions...thanks for reading !