Our dossier is done! It’s on the way to China as I type this. Several of our friends have asked, “What is this dossier you guys worked on for so long?” Well, it’s a huge bundle of paperwork, including our home study and several important documents (birth certificates, marriage certificate, letters of employment, etc) all notarized, certified and authenticated at the county, state, federal and international level. Whew! We’re incredibly relieved to have that done.
Now, everyone might be wondering what the next steps are. When can we go pick up our son?
Here’s a quick list of the steps that we will be doing in the next several months.
1. Wait for CCCWA (China Center of Adoption Affairs) to translate and review our dossier, then send us a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) which may take approximately 3-5 months.
2. After this letter is returned to the CCCWA as well as the I-800 paperwork is filed and returned to the agency and then forwarded to China the 8-10 week wait for the Travel Approval will begin.
3. After our agency receives the Travel Approval, the Travel Coordinator will make an appointment with the US Consulate in Guangzhou and coordinate the other essential meetings in the child’s province. Next, travel dates are arranged.
4. We travel to China for about two weeks to pick up our baby! (With all of these steps to go through, we are estimating it will be in the fall.
In the mean time, we get to send our little one a CD of comforting music. This makes us so happy, that he can get to hear some music in China, and hopefully be soothed by the same music here in our home. We debated several musicians including Sigor Ros, Tycho, and Radiohead. We finally settled on “Music has the Right to Children” by Boards of Canada, one of our favorite albums of all time!