This is the most variable aspect of your adoption timeline, as your child match wait time will depend entirely on the age, gender, and medical conditions your family is open to AND the children made available for adoption. Most families wait between 6-36 months between submitting a Medical Conditions Checklist (MCC) and receiving a potential child referral in the Waiting Child Program. However, this timeline will vary tremendously based on a family’s openness to age, gender, and medical needs. In general, families who will consider a child of either gender, a wide age range, and a broad variety and severity of medical conditions will have a shorter wait, perhaps even just a few weeks following home study completion, and those families who desire to adopt a younger child with less complex medical conditions will most likely wait longer, possibly beyond 3+ years.
When you are presented with a potential child match, CCAI will immediately forward to you the child’s photos and all available information, including a translated physical examination, State of Growth form, development report, and immunization record, etc. CCAI is happy to request additional/updated information, but we cannot guarantee the availability of such information. We strongly encourage you to share this information with a medical professional as you consider your decision.
Once you have accepted a Waiting Child (“locked in” by submitting a Letter of Intent) AND your dossier has been logged in with the CCCWA, you will receive your acceptance letter (LOA or, formally, Letter Seeking Confirmation from Adopter) from the CCCWA within 1-2 months.