If you are thinking about adopting from Russia and are wondering what the process might look like- here is a brief overview and rough time estimate.
Start discussing adoption. Things to consider: gender, age, nationality, etc.
Start researching adoption agencies
. Make sure your agency is accredited and won't be losing accreditation soon. Email and call the agency with questions
( also see here
). Become a member of FRUA
. Buy books about adopting from Russia (I recommend: The Russian Adoption Handbook: How to Adopt from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova
). Realize that you can not move to a new home during the adoption process which may take up to two years.
Choose an adoption agency. Get your home ready for the homestudy
. Make sure you will have met all of the requirements. Take photos of each room of your house and yard.
Gather the required paperwork for the dossier
(takes up to a year to compile) to be turned into your agency. The agency will submit this to the country for approval and then you will wait for a referral (could take up to 8 months).
After receiving your referral you will wait 0-3 months to travel to meet your referral child in Russia. If you accept the child you will return 0-6 months later to travel back to Russia for the required court date.
It is a lot of hurry up and wait. Good luck!
Labels: FRUA, Russian Adoption