Friday, October 30, 2009

The Long Bumpy Road

Our current journey started on New Year's Day of this year.  I have never been able to completely say we were done with kids and have been looking at all the available children since we brought Sydney home.  On New Year's Day I was looking on Rainbow Kids and there she was.  An adorable little 3 year old.  I told Tim about her and he said to contact the agency that had her file.  We never expected to hear from the agency until the Mon or Tues after the holiday.  But that same night we received an e-mail from the China Asst. Director of Faith International Adoptions.  She said the file was still available and she would send it to us that night.  We looked through it and said YES, this is our daughter!

We were able to start our dossier, the paperwork that is sent to China, right away.  Our preliminary approval came on Jan 19th.  Our dossier was logged in to the CCAA, China Center for Adoption Affairs, on May 27th.  Now the wait for approval had begun.  Normally the wait for LOC, letter of seeking confirmation, takes from 2-3 months.  This is where the road gets bumpy!

We waited 149 days for our LOC.  We found out from our agency about 3 weeks prior to that, that a problem had occured.  Apparently the CCAA's bank in China had rejected the check our agency had sent with our dossier.  Never telling our agency!!  We are still unsure why it was rejected.  They are speculating that there was a tear or mark on the check that the bank did not like.  But WHY would they not contact our agency??  We will never know.  Several families from different agencies had this same problem around the same time as us.

OK, now we know the problem and can get approval, right??  Wrong!!  The CCAA was going on holiday for the Autumn Moon Festival and then they had a staff retreat and then the person who signs the LOC was out of the office!!  Well, 3 weeks later we finally received LOC on Oct 23rd.  YYIIPPEE!!

So now we are in the wait for our TA, travel approval!  This is taking 6- 10 weeks.  The majority of this wait is on the US side.  USCIS has not made bringing home our children easier!  It is much more time consuming.  But we are keeping our eye on that treasure at the end of this long bumpy road!  Our Sierra! 

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