Our dossier is in the review room. We
received notice from Great Wall that we are in the review room,but do not know exactly when we entered.
In this room, each dossier is gone over to make sure that all the requirements
have been met, that all paperwork is in order and that all the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed. The timeline
for this room is approximately 2 months.
The last, but most important room, is the matching room. Here each
dossier is matched with an available child's file. An official compares the information received
in the child's file with the information gathered from the parent's dossier: the child's age vs age requested, birthdates,
physical appearance based on photos, personality traits, likes and dislikes, etc. Sometimes a match is made for
the simple reason that "it just felt like the right match". The wait for matching is again approimately 2 months, though
the matching process itself takes about 2 weeks.
|The Matching Room where all the magic takes place!
|Where is our Dossier? Somewhere among all these files. Each agency is given a different color.
|These Dossiers have been matched and are waiting to be sent to the respective agencies.
Once the match is made, our agency will receive word that the referrals are coming
through the mail. Our agency will then contact us and tell us that our refferal is on the way, known as the Stork
Alert. When the referral is received at the agency, they will contact us with the announcement of our baby and e-mail
us the basic information. We will then have to wait a day or two to receive the complete translated file. Jon
and I will have 24 hours to decide if we want to accept this child into our family.
Once we accept the referral, our agency sends a formal acceptance to CCAA and we
wait for China to sent us our travel orders. This could take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks.
A soon as we recieve our referral, we are planning on sending a care package to our
daughter's orphanage for her. This will contain a disposable camera for the nannies to take photos of her, a blanket
that I made, a photo ablum of pictures of her new family and a few goodies as a thank you to her nannies.