Thursday, November 09, 2006

Wait times for adoption.

From what we have seen in the last 6 months or so with adoptions from China, it makes me relieved that we decided to go with Thailand.

The wait for an adoption referral from China was 6 months between submitting your file to China and receiving a referral of your child. Now, it is 14-15 months and it may get longer. There are many rumours about why the wait has lengthened for China and many other rumours completely to the contrary. No-one knows what is happening now and what will happen in the future. I hope it speeds up for the sake of the children who don't have parents as well as for the parents who are waiting to bring their children home.

Thailand has long been known to have a long wait time. That has been pretty normal over the last couple of years and hasn't changed. So far anyhow. We expect, right from day one, that we will wait at least 2 years from our file going to Thailand until we are referred a child.

Even things with Thailand could change though. Like everything else in life, this can change without warning, countries can close (like Korea) and world events such as terrorist attacks, political situations and the like can have a detrimental affect on the adoption community.

I know our child will probably look nothing at all like this, however I keep this picture on my computer to look at from time to time when I am thinking about our future family. A kind of visual representation of how this will be a reality for us in the near future.