Chris Marci, who just recently brought her daughter home from Korea, shares an experience on what the timeline is like from EP to the finalization of adoption at the family court. Thanks to Chris for sharing this. Others are welcome to share their timeline experience. Here is the writing by Chris.
Like many others here, I’ve been reading and hoping to glean some information as
to how long the wait will be. We just brought our little girl home so in keeping
with the information on the court, I’d like to put our timeline out there.
We were matched with our daughter at 6 months of age in December 2011.
We had our EP submitted in December 2012. We were one of the very last groups
for 2012. In March our EP had been processed. We were given a court date of in
mid June. We bought our tickets through Travelocity via Singapore air and it
cost about $2800. We stayed at a business travelers hotel in Myongdong for a 5
day visit. We saw our daughter twice at Eastern during that time.
court date was very relaxed and the judge was very personable. He asked us very
easy questions. Why do you want to adopt from Korea? How will you provide care
since you both work. What did you think when you learned of the delay in the
adoption process? After answering all their questions through a translator, he
issued provisional approval. We left the following day back home.
business days later we got word everything was done and we could come get our
daughter. We waited about another 2 weeks to travel for work. We booked our
tickets through a travel agent this time because we needed a one way child
ticket who sat with us. That couldn’t be done through Travelocity. The cost was
approx. $3600 for this flight. We stayed at the adoption agency this time.
The visa appointment took about 45 minutes because no one else was
there. They issued an IR3 visa. We left the following day. Immigration and
customs was very straightforward on both the Korean side and the US side.
Basically we gave the papers they asked for, waited about 10 minutes then went
on with our travels.
Our daughter, now 27 months, is home with us. She
had a rough trip, but otherwise is doing just fine. Sleep is tough, but
otherwise she’s doing all the normal things a precocious 2 year old should be
doing and showing no signs of any problems.
Hopefully this story gives
the rest of those out there some frame of reference for their own waits. I was
told by the adoption agency over there that our wait will be longer than those
who follow us now that the power that be have got the process established.
(Steve's note: So far, during the 14-day waiting period, no birthmother has stepped in to take her child back. Neither domestic nor intercountry.)