October 3rd, 2007
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Categories: Rebecca's Journey

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the next few posts will be answers to questions that I received from a reader via email. I really do love to hear from you guys and am always happy to answer questions to the best of my ability and share my experiences. I’ll bet that these questions have been thought by others out there in blog land, so it’s my hope that by answering them publicly, I’ll be reaching out to more people. Thanks for reading and as always, please feel free to email me at rebeccah@adoptionblogs.com or leave a comment anytime.

How long was the wait from Dossier to Referral…I couldn’t really tell. And was that expected or longer than you expected?


Our dossier was actually in Viet Nam when we received our referral. I should put a small disclaimer here…our experience is a little different because we were among the first families to be referred a child and travel after our agency was licensed. Things are different now; there are more families wanting to adopt, longer wait times and different agency policies. End of disclaimer ;) So, our agency knew that our referral would be coming soon, so we were asked to send in our dossier (actually, they took care of all of this!) Six days after our dossier was turned in for translation we got the call we had been waiting for and saw Miss Ella’s face on the computer screen for the first time. I got the call in the afternoon and actually had the willpower to wait until my husband got home from work to open the pictures so we could see them for the first time together. You can see our full adoption time line here.

We initially had no idea what to expect as far as timelines went. Since Viet Nam had only just re-opened to United States adoptions, we weren’t sure. There weren’t enough families who had gone ahead of us to give us a really concrete idea. Our agency was phenomenal and passed on information as it came in, and their estimates for wait times were always on the money. It was extremely comforting to know that we were always told the truth, and given regular updates. So although much was up in the air at the time, thanks to our agency’s constant contact and updated time frames that they gave us, I have to say that once we got to the point that our dossier was in Viet Nam, our approximate wait time for referral was somewhat expected.

More Reading:
Viet Nam Adoption Dossier
Waiting Children in Viet Nam

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One Response to “Our Story – Wait Times and Expectations”

  1. Sunbonnet Sue says:

    Wow. I cannot believe you could wait on those pics!

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