This is our story....of love, life, and adoption

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What's next?

For those that aren't up on the Taiwan adoption front, I thought I would fill you in on what will be happening next for us.

The following are estimates: Please don't freak out: It may not take as long: It might take longer!! It is what it is...

2-4 weeks:
Hopefully in the next week or two we will rec'v pictures of our daughter(EEEKKK, I said "our daughter!!"):0)...With these pictures should be the contracts and information on additional paperwork that we must do.

4 weeks:
The additional paperwork is sometimes called the second dossier. We have to get some things notarized, additional paperwork that they already have rec'd...twice, we know this, we'll deal..then some things need to be Authenticated at TECO(Taipei Economic and Cultural Office) in Miami(we will deal with TECO through the mail). I am told this takes about 4 weeks.

4-6 months:
Once we gather all the paperwork and it's all signed and notarized, authenticated, we will send this back to our agency I think? or maybe Cathwel? Not sure, but it somehow gets back to Taiwan and then enters the court system. I am told the average court process right now has been 4 months. There is one VERY slow judge in Taiwan. Those worst case scenarios took LONGER then six months. Pray that we do not get that judge. We won't know much during this period. There are two rulings. This period is for the first ruling.

10 days:
Once we get a first ruling, there is a 10 day grace period. This is the last chance for our daughters birthmother to change her mind.

3-4 weeks NOTICE:
After this grace period, there is the second ruling. Our daughters adoption will be final in Taiwan. We will then get notice to travel. It seems that families are getting somewhere in the range of 3-4 weeks notice to travel.

This is my understanding of what will happen. For those that have BTDT, if I am mistaken please enlighten me!

18 comments:

PIPO said...

Thanks for the update. The process is quite different than mine and it's good to have a timetable to know when your girl is coming home!

marina said...

I was told that the court time is 3-7 months usually 6. I have heard os some people lately that were less than 3 - I hope we both get short wait times!!

Just Us said...

Here's to a speedy judge and court process!! So happy for you folks. Kristie

Abby's Mom said...

Congratulations Mommy! I am actually awaiting to see pictures of your daughter :)

Redhot said...

the good news is it will be shorter than you last wait! :)

Annie said...

I'm praying for a fast judge for your case Ann...and waiting for pictures!

Sarah k said...

Pictures! Pictures! We want Pictures!!!!! I am hoping for the 4 month court for you hon... or less. And of course I can't wait to see pictures of YOUR DAUGHTER! Sounds nice!

Lynn said...

Congrats!

Chris and Sonya said...

Ann, we have been following your story for two long years now. We are so happy for you and your loving hubby. You will be the best parents! Tears of joy for you both!!

Sonya

Judy said...

Here's hoping to a speedy court process! Cheers:-)

Judy

amazing grace said...

sooooo happy for you Ann!!! yeah!!! I don't remember the original paperwork taking 4 weeks--it seemed less to me---but I could be wrong. Have you found out anything about the meaning of her name?

:)

leah

Anonymous said...

Waiting for those pictures and hoping for the FAST judge! God Bless, Debbie

Jennifer, Billy,Samantha and Taylor said...

Ann, you are going to speed right through this. You will have all your doc's notarized and sent off in two days! I bet everything will go back to Taiwan within a week of arrival. You will breeze through the courts and have her home-August. Let's get some photos!

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

Ann! OMG! CONGRATULATIONS.
I have only just got your news. Keeping everything crossed for a speedy judge. We are thrilled for you guys.
Ahhh, a little girl, how sweeet is that?

Tish said...

can't wait to see pictures of YOUR DAUGHTER!!!! hope the wait is speedy!

Angela said...

Ann, I am so happy that you guys finally received your referral. YAY! I can't wait to find out what her name will be and to see pictures. Don't worry--we all think that we will be calm and collected when "the call" comes, but I think that is rarely the case. Congratulations on your new daughter!

Hegemom said...

OOooooOOOooh!! That's so exciting! Like everyone else, am eager to see pix!

Hooray!

Sarah said...

How can you stand being a mommy and not having pictures yet?!?!? Ack!!!!!!! :) Buy anything pink yet? (wink wink)