hello old friends! this is our update. Our documents are just about to be sent out to China - they went to the Chinese Embassy last night and hopefully should be out in China by the middle of February. Then it will be a 6 month wait until we get the referral picture - sometime in mid-August I expect. I'm already so excited and writing out lots of lists though haven't dared to buy anything yet!! just so superstitious after last year.
For those of you interested in timescales - we contacted our local authority intercountry adoption team at the start of Jan last year, having suffered my m/c in Dec. We did our consultation day in Feb up in London and then did three prep days in April, May also up in London. We started our homestudy in May with most of the visits (8 in total) in May, June and July and then went to panel in Sept. Our papers then went up to whitehall and have been there ever since (apart from when we had to notarise them down here mid-way through) and are likely to be sent to China in the next 2-4 weeks. Then there will be a 6-7 month wait until referral - we will get a picture and a medical report. She is likely to be about a year old (born already - strange thought!!). Then we shall travel out to China about 6 weeks later. The adoption community is tremendously supportive. We already have so many friends through it (one of whom is now one of my best friends and we got in touch with each other on this site initially!!!) She is adopting domestically and going to panel next week.
If you are interested in overseas adoption for more info you can join Oasis which is an international support group for parents of adopted children from overseas - their webpage is www.adoptionoverseas.org
. (I am the membership secretary for this organisation!) Those of you interested in adopting domestically the website is www.adoptionuk.org.uk
. for the support group. One point though as someone has already raised, it is quite difficult to adopt babies in the UK. People I know have done it but the wait seems to be longer than adopting from China. Good luck to those of you embarking on this trip. It's certainly a rollercoaster but there's lots of support on the way. I have been invited into so many people's houses last year to meet their kids and it is amazing how many people come out of the woodwork when you say you are adopting to say "Oh, we have adopted kids!" 4 in my school alone.
I will keep you all posted on our progress.