“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” ~Confucius
This page is to record our journey to adopt a special needs girl from China – a journey that doesn’t consist of a thousand miles, but 6,467 – to be exact! God gave us this dream, long ago, but only since the birth of our youngest in 2011 have the adoption wheels started spinning.
As of October 2012, we are in the process of compiling our Home Study and Dossier to send to China – with a target date of completion by Valentine’s Day, 2013. Our Dossier will then be sent to China to be logged in by the Chinese government.
After that, the wait for our child referral begins. While we wait, we will remember: Adoption is the longest – and most unpredictable – gestational period on Earth. :)
UPDATE! – November 8, 2012: Our agency has sent us the file for a 15-month old girl!! We are bound by confidentiality (we cannot disclose her name or location, no pictures, no specific information on her condition) until further notice. This precious little girl is a “Special Focus” child, meaning that we can submit a Letter of Intent to adopt her, and then we have 6 months to gather and send all paperwork. We are already rolling, so this is possible!
December 3, 2012: We have received our Pre-Approval from the Chinese government; which means they have accepted our Petition to Adopt and the Care and Nurturing Plan we submitted for Zhou Ai Jing, who is in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China – which is the most populated region of China! Can you imagine? We are literally bringing our Selah Aijing home “from China to the Prairie…” From one of the most populated areas of the world to one of the least!
UPDATE! -OCTOBER 18, 2013: After significant delays in the completion of our Home Study and the scheduling of our fingerprinting for our I-800A application, we are eagerly awaiting our fingerprinting appointments in 3 days, on Monday, October 21.
I’ve been reminded during these months WHY I prefer not to delegate: if I do it all myself, then I know it gets done! Nevertheless, the adoption process really does “take a village,” as adoptive parents must rely heavily on others (social workers, government agencies, etc.)to contribute to the process.
Our entire Dossier (minus I800A approval) has passed through our agency’s critical review process. As soon as they receive our I800-A approval, we will be Dossier To China (DTC). This could be in as little as 3 weeks from today! Hallelujah!
UPDATE – FEBRUARY 28, 2014: We’ve come a long way in the process of Selah’s adoption since I last updated this page in October. All of the highlights are on our Adoption Timeline page, and many of the steps have been recorded in our blog… Whew! What an incredible journey of paperwork, emotions, number-crunching, and prayer! We are currently waiting for Travel Approval.
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