From accepting you onto Stage 1 to being approved, it usually takes about 2 months in Stage 1, and approximately 4 months in Stage 2.  However, this is a rough guide, and it may be that your personal circumstances may mean that it takes longer.  The important thing is that the assessment for your Prospective Adopters Report for panel (and later used for matching) is done well, and done properly rather than be rushed to meet a deadline.  You will be given an estimated panel date when you are accepted onto Stage 2, but this can be flexible depending on your situation. You will be part of any discussion about changing of dates, and also should you need to, or should we feel you need to, we can agree to a period of time on hold at any part of the process.