Our dossier is finished and CCAI has it. Here’s what was in it:
Adoption Petition, Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificate, Employment Verifications, Financial Statement, Physical Exams, Police Reports, I-797 (immigration approval), Home Study, 3 passport pictures each, 3 couple photos, 8 family life photos, $3350 (agency fee + CCCA fee).
All documents have been “sealed” meaning they’ve been notarized, state certified (County Court and Superior Court), and authenticated (Chinese Consulate). Lets hope CCAI doesn’t find any errors.
Next steps: in Denver, further review, binding, translation… then on to China.
The next update should tell our “DTC” (date dossier is sent to China) and 2-4 wks after that, our “LID” (log-in date, or date China ‘logged’ our dossier into their system).
Major hurdle passed! And we did it in just four months- phew.
The end is near…
for our dossier, that is.
Next week: County court, Secretary of State, Houston and back. Then back. Then Denver. Then China.
Yes I know that sounds like a lot, but it’s not considering all the other work we had to do. Like I said, the end is near!
On another happy note, two baby boys were born this week in our extended family. Congrats to all!
The UPS truck is here! *Seb giggles*
It was our marriage certificate. Finished. Done. And here.
It went from Vital Records to Foreign Affairs Ottawa, to me, to the Canadian Embassy in D.C., from there to the State Dept. in D.C., and finally to the Chinese Consulate in D.C., and then back to me.
I love checking things off my list!
Tomorrow is our final home study visit. We are also getting some things notarized and then certified at the courthouse.
Then we have to send those things to Secretary of State *wait*, then to Houston for authentication. Once our marriage certificate finally gets here, it needs to go the Canadian Embassy in D.C. *wait*, then the Dept. of State *wait*, and then to the Chinese Consulate.
Plus docs must be issued within the last 6 months. Little tricky when they have to get around that much.
If you think about it all at once, it’s very overwhelming. Kind of like you’re drowning in a sea of very important and expensive documents that you painstakingly ordered and then couriered from place to place.
On the other hand, a little one will be waiting their whole life in an orphanage somewhere, not knowing if someone’s ever coming for them, so, better stop
talking complaining about the paper chase.