How Long Does the Adoption Process Take?


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Depending on a number of factors, the adoption process takes about one to two years. Most placements occur between six and 18 months after homestudy is completed.

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Adoption takes this long due to all the different steps required in an adoption. The flexibility of the adoptive family concerning such things as the child's background is also a factor. After filling out the application, adoption classes may be required. A homestudy needs to be completed by the adoption agency, and then the family waits to be placed with a child. This is typically the longest part of the process. It is possible to wait longer than two years to be placed with a child through adoption. In some cases, international adoption takes less time than domestic adoption.

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