Friday, December 24, 2004

To our child in China...

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, Merry Christmas little one! We love you, we can't wait to meet you and hold you and kiss you!

Mommy and Daddy

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Monday, October 25, 2004

Adoption Timeline

June 1, 2004 - Application for admission to the China Adoption Program with Americans Adopting Orphans in Seattle, Washington.

June 7, 2004 - First home study meeting with social worker with Catholic Charities. Send in I-600-A application to BCIS

July 7, 2004 - Fourth and final meeting with social worker.

July 14, 2004 - Received all paperwork (birth certificates, marriage certificates, health forms, referrals, fingerprint reports, background check, etc.) and draft of the home study report.

July 29, 2004 - Received final copy of the home study report. All other paperwork is out for authentication.

August 12, 2004 - Fingerprinted by BCIS today. The only thing that is left is to wait on the 171-H!

September 23, 2004 - Received 171-H... paperchase is complete! We will be DTC in October as planned!

October 15, 2004 - All of our paperwork has been authenticated at the state and country level.
Our 171-H has been authenticated by the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.

October 25, 2004 - We received word that our dossier arrived at the Chinese Center for Adoption Affairs in Bejing at 9:23am. WE ARE OFFICIALLY DTC!!!

Now for the really hard part... the wait. Referral times are currently 6-7 months. We are hoping to have a referral in April or May of 2005.