Making the Complex Simple
A few months ago I shared my initial thoughts on how we are tackling the adoption process. I shared the process in text and graphic format:
Today, I realized that while my original chart is useful from a overall perspective, it really doesn’t show the details and little nuances of the adoption process. And of course because we never take the easy route, things are even more complicated as we have chosen to adopt internationally so we are juggling two processes at once and desperately hoping we do not accidentally step on the wrong side of the law in either countries.
I find that when I’m facing a complex process, laying it out visually really helps me to understand the process, step-by-step. So, today, I thought I’d share a revised international adoption process chart that shows the details of how we are actively managing our efforts to get through the adoption approval process.
Note that the following:
- $ indicate where I anticipate we will be shelling out ungodly sums of money to pay for social workers and lawyers to push paperwork around.
- Red circles indicate significant milestones
- The USA side of things has more flexibility right now, but this is the timeline we are striving to achieve, in part because it will help us feel like we are doing something while we are waiting on Canadian approvals.
- I have not investigated the details of how the actual placement occurs yet because we are focusing on getting through the approval stages. I’m sure one day, I will make another one of these charts showing the details of that process.
- I have not added continual frustration into this representation because right now, I’m starting to figure out that it occurs throughout the process and likely at the most inopportune and unpredictable times.
- One day I will update with our actual timelines to get through each step.
- Click on the graphic to see a zoomed in version.
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