We’re Waiting!!!

December 2, 2006 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

“We’re waiting” may not sound like a statement to be excited about but seeing that it is one step closer than “waiting to wait“, I’ll take it. We were officially logged into the China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) on November 14th, 2006 (notified the week after Thanksgiving). So, what does this mean for us in the whole adoption process? November 14th is the official start of our 15 month wait to be matched with a child.

After waiting this amount of time, we will receive a picture and medical report of our child that has been chosen for us. We then have a short amount of time to have this medical report reviewed by a physician and to make our decisions whether to accept or reject our match. (As I’ve said before, I can’t imagine “rejecting”!) Once we, and the other members of our travel group (three other MAPS couples going through the same process with the same log-in date) have accepted our children, we will arrange travel through our adoption agency and be on our way to China within the next month or so. I hear things go quickly after notification.

As many of you know, the log-in date is the day your files (which took months to prepare and gather) are officially recognized by the CCAA and begin to be painstakingly reviewed, checked, and reviewed again. Of course, this is all for the protection of a child who will someday be placed in your hands and taken from their country of origin.

There are many other considerations that play into the length of waiting time. One positive factor is that more in-country adoptions are being encouraged in China. According to information that I’ve read and heard from our adoption agency, MAPS, this practice hasn’t always been supported. Another factor is a logistic change; the CCAA moved their offices in mid-July. I’ve also read that there was an “alleged” baby trafficking scam in the Hunan Province which led to a slow-down. This China link from Family Helper.net has a good summary of China’s adoption history as it touches upon the things that I’ve mentioned and others.

We attended a MAPS adoption support meeting on Thursday evening in which all attendees were couples adopting from China. Of all in attendance, we were the furthest away from receiving notification and traveling. It was a good experience to be in a room with so many couples that have been down the road that we are now travelling! This really is a very interesting process!! In addition to sharing experiences, asking questions, and listening to various perspectives, we were given some handouts with excellent advice for the newly adoptive parents. We’ll definitely share these with family and anyone else who is interested!

Although we are in the midst of this process, the outcome seems very far away. We are so thankful for the questions and support from all of our family and friends. Their excitement is inspiring and gives us confidence in the commitment and change in our lives to come.

For the next few months the word “patience” will repeatedly come to mind. But at this time next year….look out! We’ll hopefully be readying ourselves at a high pace!

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