Our Timeline

25 June 2011 – Approved as parents for the Ethiopian adoption program through America World Adoption Association.

22 June 2012 – Dossier (official paperwork) finalised and sent from Washington DC to Ethiopia.


We are waiting for our son’s referral. The current wait time for a referral is 36 to 42 months (and growing) from the date our dossier was submitted. We are expecting to get a referral sometime between the fall of 2015 and the winter of 2016.

Post Referral…

We travel to Ethiopia for two trips. One to meet our son and go to court, and two to pick up our son and bring him home to California. The time frame from referral to the second trip is 6 to 10 months.