Many people ask us about when we’ll be able to bring our daughter home. The short answer to that question is this: We’re not sure, but hopefully sooner rather than later! The absolute soonest we would be able to travel to China to get our daughter would be around February of 2017, but depending on when we’re matched with a child, it could be later next year.
One of the key steps in the process is the submission of our dossier to the CCCWA — China’s agency that administers the adoption process. Basically, the “dossier” is just a fancy word for the package of all of our adoption documents that goes to the Chinese government. Most families are matched after their dossiers are “logged in” to the CCCWA’s system, so we’ve been working feverishly to assemble all of the required documents and get them to China ASAP!
We have made a lot of progress already towards that goal. We have compiled 11 of 13 required documents needed to file our dossier, and then had each document notarized, certified by the Indiana Secretary of State, and then authenticated by the Chinese Consulate in Chicago. As you can imagine, that was quite a process!
One of the two documents we still need is our home study report. Our home study visits and interviews are complete, and the social worker who conducted it is now drafting a report for approval. Once that report is complete (hopefully within a week or so!) we can put everything together and submit it to U.S. Customs for document #13, which is our I-800 approval to adopt internationally. Approval times for I-800s are typically running 30-60 days, so once we have that, we can finally file our dossier with China!
To read more about our adoption journey, click here. More updates to come soon!