Today marks 22 months on the wait list. I’m feeling like this is a pretty significant milestone, because for the first time in this entire process, we are now actually within our agency’s estimated wait range for a referral, which is presently 22-28 months for a child 0-18 months old.
In addition to looking at the estimated wait range, I also think it is very important to watch the actual wait time for families receiving referrals. Our agency (WHFC) sends out an update every week that shows how many referrals (and in what age ranges) went out, and how long the families who received those referrals had waited. The weekly update currently shows families waiting 22-24 months for our requested age range. I’m pretty certain the 22-month end of that range is for families requesting a child of either gender up to 18 months of age (like us), and the 24-month end is for those who requested girls or maybe for those requesting infants under 12 months. Not that I try to analyze every little detail or anything. 🙂
So, we are in the zone! Of course, anything goes in this international adoption game, and we could still have quite some time to wait. Or not. I am not yet to the point where I am going to jump every time the phone rings, wondering if it is The Call. But once I see another referral or two go out, I think I will start to get pretty excited. We don’t know where we are on the list, but I am confident that there can’t be more than a few families ahead of us at this point.
For this post, I had planned to give an update on my list of things to do before we receive a referral that I posted at the 20-month mark. I have made some significant progress on the list (starting with the sangria, of course), but not as much as I would have liked. However, my to-do list has grown quite a bit in the past few days, so I don’t even want to think about it at this point!