Dossier Complete!

Sitting on my dinning room table is one complete dossier ready to send to my agency 1st thing in the morning.  Yay!!!!!  We had a slight hang up this week so we were unable to get our dossier to China this week but it will be heading to China for sure next week :)  In case you were wondering what a dossier looks like, well here is ours…

Our dossier contains 14 documents that have gone through the certification process.  Pictures of us and our house.  Two passport photos for Patrick and me.  A copy of our passport photos.  Our certificates of completion for our adoption classes along with a special needs and China adoption laws workbook for both Patrick and I.

When our agency gets our dossier next week it will go through a 2 person review to make sure everything looks good.  As long as it passes the review they will send it to China later in the week.  The next thing we will be waiting for is our LID which stands for our Log In Date.  This will be the date that China officially logs us into their data base as having a dossier to them.  Our agency says that most families travel to get their child 5 to 6 months from that date :)  Once we have our LID we’ll be waiting for our LOA, Letter of Acceptance from China.  The LOA is the letter that states that China has reviewed all our information and they are formally accepting us to be the adoptive parents of Xander.  It can take up to 4 months to receive your LOA after your LID, but right now it looks like many families are getting their LOA’s about 45 days after LID.

It feels so great to have this great paper chase done!  However, now comes the much harder part of the process… waiting.  I ask for prayers for patience for me as we wait and for Xander and his foster family that they stay safe and healthy in the time of waiting.

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Adoption Timeline
  • Summer 2010 - started talking about adoption
  • Aug 19, 2010 - participated in webinar
  • Sep 22, 2010 - mailed in adoption application
  • Sep 28, 2010 - adoption application accepted
  • Oct 8, 2010 - fingerprints for home study
  • Oct 14, 2010 - fire inspection done
  • Oct 25, 2010 - Patrick & Kimberly complete physicals for the adoption
  • Nov 4, 2010 - finished Heart of the Matters Parent Education
  • Nov 9, 2010 - Ariel's physical is completed
  • Nov 15, 2010 - 1st Home Study Visit
  • Dec 10, 2010 - Kimberly's Individual Interview with Social Worker
  • Dec 16, 2010 - Patrick & Ariel's Individual Interview with Social Worker
  • Dec 19, 2010 - Received rough draft of Home Study to review
  • Jan 7, 2011 - Received Final Home Study
  • Jan 7, 2011 - Sent I800A form into USCIS
  • Jan 18, 2011 - We see our son's face for the 1st time!
  • Jan 21, 2011 - Submit Letter of Intent to China
  • Jan 27, 2011 - Receive Pre-Approval from China
  • March 7, 2011 - I800a approval
  • March 24, 2011 - Dossier to China
  • April 2, 2011 - Log In Date
  • May 16, 2011 - LOA
  • June 2, 2011 - I800 Approval
  • June 10, 2011 - Cable sent by National Visa Center
  • June 13, 2011 - NVC Letter & final paper work sent to Agency!!!!
  • June 23, 2011 - Article 5 papers dropped off
  • July 8, 2011 - Article 5 pick up
  • July 19, 2011 - Travel Approval!!!!!!
  • August 15, 2011 - Forever Family Day!!!!!!
  • August 25, 2011 - Arrive home; Xander becomes a US citizen :)