The whole adoption process is just that, a process. Nothing comes easily but I guess that could be said for pregnancy too. We are waiting for our home study to be written and edited. It will then go to the INS. We have already been fingerprinted and applied to bring the baby into United States. Once the home study is there it will take about 4-6 weeks, or so we hear, for approval.
Once the INS gives us the approval we will add that to the documents for our dossier. The dossier is the information that will be translated into Chinese and sent over to China. Our dossier is almost ready to go, minus the approval. Once the approval comes all of the documents need to be notarized, then certified at the county and state level.
The documents will then go to Adoptions Together, ATI, and be translated and sent to the Chinese consulate. They will then sent to China where they will be for 6-8 months before we get our referral. With the referral we will get a picture and some medical information. If we accept the referral we will travel to China two weeks to two months after the acceptance. We will be in China for 10-14 days but get our daughter on day three or four.
This website will allow us to document the journey and update all those close to us.