It depends on the country program and the agency..
This is the Chinese process..
Pick an agency.
Fill out application and be approved.
Begin Homestudy process, immigration process, and dossier process...fingerprints must be done, background checks, child abuse checks, etc... you receive your immigration approval, finished homestudy and then it must be state sealed and notarized. Once that is completed it gets translated and country authenticated before being sent to China. The current wait for a NSN referral is close to 5 years. The last set of referrals covered up to 5/29/06.
Our process took 2 years from start to placement. ( almost 4 years ago)
at 8:24 PM on Dec. 21, 2010