Monday, August 14, 2006

Overview of Paperwork/Adoption timeline

12/19/2005 --- Mailed application to Adoption Agency
12/27/2005 --- Passports renewed and applied for
12/27/2005 --- Ordered birth certificates & marriage license copies
04/21/2006 --- Home Study completed - copies picked up
04/22/2006 --- Mailed I-600a to USCIS
05/16/2006 --- Fingerprints taken
06/03/2006 --- Received I-171H form
06/05/2006 --- FedEx'd dossier to Adoption Agency
06/09/2006 --- Agency mailed dossier to CHINA!!!!
07/11/2006 --- We recieved our LID --- JUNE 19TH!!!!

"So when are you getting the baby?!?"

This seems to be the million dollar question. We'll love to be able to tell everyone a date or at least a month or even what year! But the real answer is nobody really knows. When we started this process it was taking 8 months for a referral (when we receive a photo and brief info about the baby they matched us with) in April it went up to 12 months, right now it's between 12 - 13 months. However, the current rumors/predictions are that the wait will increase to 18 months before the end of the year. While this make us very sad because we want our baby NOW - we know that GOD will make sure we get the right baby at the right time.

The CCAA (China Center of Adoption Affairs) does give us a 'tracking number' or a 'place in line' which they call a Log In Date (LID).

Our LID is June 19, 2006.

Referrals tend to come out once a month - near the end of the month. Last months referrals came out on July 31st and went through July 13, 2005.

Referrals are expected again near the end of August.

You can check on where the CCAA is on processing referrals here:
Half-way down the page on the right you will see the 'Documents Processing' box.

JUST LIKE THIS ONE ------------------------->

From what I hear - a couple of years ago the wait was around 14 months and the CCAA sent out referrals every couple of weeks to get the wait down to 6 months. Last summer the wait time was still at 6 months. So anything can happen - who knows maybe we'll get really lucky and the stars will align just right and the CCAA will start sending out either more referrals each month or start sending them out more often. One can only hope and pray for such a miracle.

Friday, August 11, 2006

First Post

Hi all, this is our first post in the blog world. We will use this 'space' to update our family and friends on our China adoption status - or these days the lack of status. We might even post some stories about the wait or rants about the wait - depending on the mood of the day. :)
All in all -- we will try to keep things light and fun in this space that we dedicated to our baby girls.

Until next time.