- Once our USCIS approval finally arrives, the translation process will take about a week.
- Our dossier will be sent to several different Brazilian states where we will be approved by the State Judiciary Commission of Adoption (CEJA) of each state. Luciana says this step usually takes about 3 months.
- Then once we're approved, the courts look for a referral for us that matches our requests (a 2-child sibling group age 6 and under). This could be a couple months or a year, depending on available children and the other families on the waiting list. We're told that requesting siblings is favorable, and being flexible with our age range would make our application even more favorable--and make the process go quicker. This is the most unpredictable part of the process.
- Limiar has access to information about waiting children (most of whom are older than the range we're requesting right now.) Luciana will share this information with us within the preferences we give her. Meaning, if we are open to considering larger sibling groups or older children, she will pass those referrals on to us to consider. She stressed that we are the only ones who can discern whether a a specific child is our son or daughter. There is no pressure or obligation when we review a referral.
- If we identified our children through Limiar prior to the court identifying them for us, the process would change a bit. Not sure on the details there.
- Either way we go about it, once we accept a referral, we will have to request the Brazilian court's approval with a petition to adopt our children. We would also begin the process of applying for our travel visas. This could be only a few weeks after accepting a referral.
- Limiar and AWAA will walk us through what documents need to travel with us when we go to Brazil.
This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!