Adopting from China

September 4, 2006 at 2:30 pm 1 comment

The paper work is completed and our dossier is on its way to the Chinese Consulate in NY for authentication (2 week process). Once passing this inspection, it is returned to Maine and is then sent to our adoption agency’s, MAPS, Chinese coordinators in the People’s Republic of China for translation. When a total of 4 MAPS families (who originate from all parts of the U.S.) have had their paperwork translated, the group of dossiers are sent to the CCAA (China Center for Adoption Affairs) for submission. It can take the CCAA up to one month to register the dossiers, which is when the official 13 month wait to receive our “match” with a child begins. We then fly to China in next 5 to 6 weeks to adopt our new family addition.

Our decision to adopt from China was done with much thought and consideration. There are so many factors involved…

We began our process back in March or April of 2006 with an initial meeting at the adoption agency. Little did we realize how much paperwork would be necessary to get to the point we are at now. Page long recommendations from three friends, physicals, personal essays, government checks, and decisions on who would care for our child in case of our demise were just a few of the requirements needing to be fullfilled in order to begin our home study. Not only is this information required in copies of two or three but all copies must also be notarized.

When a majority of our documentation was turned into the adoption agency we were able to begin our home study. Consisting of at least three weeks of meetings and interviews with our assigned social worker, this interview process served not only as a basis for the adoption agency to decide whether we would be able to provide for an adopted child, but also helped us to answer some questions about the process of adoption and the direction (foreign vs domestic) that we wished to go. (Thanks, Katie, for your guidance.) Once the home study report was completed it was then reviewed, edited by us and the adoption agency, and, of course, notarized.

By this point (mid July) we had made our decision to adopt from the People’s Republic of China. With the home study completed, we were ready to begin our three week adoption class and commence collecting additional paperwork required by the Chinese government. This second set of documentation included previously gathered information AND even more requirements. I won’t bore you with details, but it took us until the end of August to complete our dossier.

It is such a relief to have the paper chase finished! We are now looking forward to our acceptance into the CCAA program, which if all things go accordingly, should occur early this fall. My whole hearted thanks goes out to the many friends and family members who have been such a fantastic support in this process so far! It is great to have so many people as excited for this event as are we. Thanks to all!!


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  • 1. mytoocents  |  September 5, 2006 at 10:52 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! Phew. And the journey has just begun….


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