Links and posts with information on the Kenyan adoption process.

Adoption steps for international adoption from a Hague country.

Agencies and Societies

Kenya adoption requirements

Functions of the National Adoption Committee (NAC) and the Societies


Dossier checklist and general overview

Citizenship Part 1

Canadian Process of adopting from Kenya

What to expect from the in-country process.  

US Process of adopting from Kenya please see Tracy's blog

Adoption Timeline
January 21, 2010 - made the decision to adopt. Signed on to the Ethiopian Imagine waitlist.
January 1, 2011 - Realized after a year, that the Ethiopian program is going no where. Decided to consider other African programs (Congo) and to start Home Study.

January 11, 2011 - Chose an agency (Choices) and rec'd our application forms.

January 17, 2011 - Wrote the initial Home Study cheque and sent off our application forms!

January 24, 2011 - Agency rec'd and accepted our application and emailed us the Home Study registration forms.

January 26, 2011 - Medicals completed and signed. Registration package mailed to agency. $100 for criminal records.

February 15th, 2011 - All paperwork is rec'd and we now move on to the home visits!

February 19, 2011 - First homestudy visit!

February 24, 2011- Second home study visit!

March 1, 2011 - Third home study visit!

March 13th, 2011 - Social worker submitted her report.

March 19, 2011 - Social Worker visit to make clarifications to the report.

April 16, 2011 - Social Worker comes to go over first half of AEP.

April 27, 2011 - AEP start. First conference call.

May, 2011 - Start to get cold feet about the DRC program. Still on the Imagine waitlist - but now consider US.

June 1st, 2011 - MOT has said they will not honour Imagine's Ethiopian waitlist. 16.5 month waiting for nothing. Nice.

June 8th, 2011 - The fourth and final AFABC self study plus conference call.

June 12th, 2011 - Home study finalized!! Designation - KENYA!

June 14, 2011 - Completed and sent off Citizenship Part 1.

July 5, 2011 - Sign on with Sunrise and officially start the process for adoption from Kenya. The dossier chase begins!

October 5th, 2011 - Biometrics back!

October 20th, 2011 - Citizenship Part 1 returned!

December 2, 2011 - Dossier completed and sent in to Agency.

January 26th, 2012 - Dossier sent to Foreign Affairs for Authentication.

February 13th, 2012 - Dossier is returned to Agency.

February 15th, 2012 - Dossier is returned to Foreign Affairs - they forgot 2 pages! :(

February 28th, 2012 - Dossier is returned from F.A and legalization at the Embassy!

March 6th, 2012 - Hague letter rec'd by agency from MCFD.

March 7th, 2012 - Dossier sent to the Ministry in Victoria.

March 15th, 2012 - Dossier sent to Kenya from the Ministry.

March 19th, 2012 - Dossier arrives at KKPI in Kenya!!

April 11th, 2012 - NAC meeting - our dossier was not viewed.

May 16th, 2012 - NAC meeting - fingers crossed.

June 4th, 2012 - Rec'v news that our application was 'deferred'. Interview of the children req'd.

June 6th, 2012 - Social worker interviewed the children.

June 8th, 2012 - Adoption Consent forms signed by the kids and notarized. SW mailed the interview doc.

June 11th, 2012 - Our consent forms arrive at the agency.

June 14th, 2012 - SW Interview document finally arrives at the agency - but we are informed that it needs to be notarized and the agency notary isn't in until next week. Agency sends everything back here for us to get the interview notarized.

June 15th, 2012 - Document notarized and couriered.

June 19th, 2012 - Documents arrive at Capital Authentications.

June 27th, 2012 - Documents sent from the Ministry to Kenya.

July 2nd, 2012 - Documents arrive at Kenyan agency.

July 11th, 2012 - NAC meeting.

Aug 8th, 2012 - Found out we were approved at the July meet! Yippee!

Aug 23rd, 2012 - Get news that we have been matched. Kenya hopes to have referral complete in 2 weeks. ;)

Sept 11th, 2012 - Referral rec'd at local agency. Current medical is absent, so have to wait until it is rec'd in order to be presented with our referral. :(

Oct 2nd, 2012 - Referral Day!!

Oct 23rd, 2012 - Arrive in Nairobi.

Oct 24th, 2012 - Meet Zahra for the first time!

Oct 30th, 2012 - The day we get to take Z home! Also Mister's bday!

Feb 22nd, 2013 - First Court Date.

March 12th, 2013 - Children's Department Interview

March 21st, 2013 - Children's Department Home Visit

April 24th, 2013 - CD report finally submitted

April 26th, 2013 - Second Court Date

May 10th, 2013 - Final Court Date! Approved!

May 23rd, 2013 - Adoption Certificate rec'd

May 24th, 2013 - COC applied for

June 7th, 2013 - COC issued and passport applied for.

June 10th, 2013 - Passport issued.

June 10th, 2013 - Canadian Visa applied for (Citizenship part 2)

June 17th, 2013 - Visa rec'd!

June 18th, 2013 - Departure home to Canada.

June 19th, 2013 - Arrive in Canada

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