Dear Family and Friends:
Welcome to our journey to Lucy. We began
our journey in Nov of 2004 when we contacted our adoption
agency. We first had to fill out an application to see if
we qualified. One of the main issues was our age, yes, we
are OPAs (older parents adopting), a rare breed, but it's
becoming more common. Anyway we made the cut to our happy
relief. The agency said that we would have to
hurry and start the process immediately.
Many months of paper
chasing, notarizing, fingerprinting with the FBI and the CIS,
(Citizenship and Immigration Services) home study with our
social worker, moving to a larger home to accommodate Lucy.
Finally when everything was finished, we sent all of our paperwork
and home study to the CIS. This was our first wait. After
many months of waiting we finally got the okay from the CIS
saying that we passed their standards as fit parents to adopt.
The next step was sending our dossier (all
our paperwork and home study translated in Mandarin) to China
(the CCAA, China Center of Adoption Affairs). Once there it
gets in line to be logged in to get into even a bigger line.
Once we have our log in date (LID, which is Sept 8th, 2005),
we wait in line to get into the review room where they review
your dossier with a fine-tooth comb.
Once out of the review room you get in line
again, this time to be matched with your baby called the referral.
Once referred, you get a picture, bio and medical info on
your baby and if everything is in order you send in an acceptance
reply, (most everyone accepts). After that you wait for CCAA
to send your travel arrangements (TA) and consulate appointment
(CA), which takes about 5 to 6 weeks, Then you go to China
and pick up your baby, as simple as that.
When we first started the process the wait
was only 6 months from LID. It has now been extended to 14
months. We will be at 14 months Nov 8, so that will bring
us to two years since beginning the process.
We may get our referral at the end of Nov
or the end of December. Worse case scenario would be a referral
in Jan of 2007, which would take us to a 16-month wait from
LID. We are keeping our fingers crossed that our referral
will come in Nov. We can't wait to see her picture.
When we first started the adoption process
one of the first things on our agenda was to move into a bigger
home so Lucy could have her own bedroom. That was two years
ago. Since then because of circumstances beyond our control
we've had to move 2 more times, so Lucy has had 3 bedrooms
all set up and decorated, and of course each time we've had
to up date our I-171H with our social worker. Anyway, as luck
will have it, we again are moving, (We told our agency and
they couldn't believe it, but this time it is a very welcomed
move. We decided to buy a fixer-upper, a cute house built
in the 60s, and once again we are going to have to up date
Anyway the house is very old and very rundown,
so we have taken on the project of remodeling
the home, being our own contractors. We just started
this process a couple of weeks ago, so we are trying to get
it done before our referral and little Lucy will have had
4 bedrooms before we ever got her home. But we are planning
on living in this home for a long time.
We are waiting anxiously for the next referral
to see where the next cut off date is. There is already a
rumor that August 23rd may be the cut off date, but we are
hoping that it goes beyond that. With a Sept 8th LID, we are
getting closer. Maybe a referral in late Nov. Fingers crossed!
James and I want to thank all of you for
your love and support. This has been a most amazing journey
Love, Sue and James