Thursday, September 13, 2012

Making progress

I am happy to report that as of today all of our required documents have arrived safely at our adoption agency and our dossier is now complete! This is a big deal for us as we have been working on our dossier since April. Our dossier is a compilation of all adoption related documents required by the People's Republic of China.
To complete our dossier we first had to work through our local adoption agency to complete a home study. To do this we had to provide:
  • Criminal record checks for every state we have both lived in
  • medical history forms and physicals for Rob and I
  • Statement of good health provided by our pediatrician for kids
  • Child Abuse clearances for every state we have both lived in
  • we each wrote an autobiography
  • certified, original birth certificates and marriage certificates
  • account balances
  • statement of employment
  • health insurance coverage statement
  • pages 1 and 2 of our 1040 for last 2 years
  • participated in four interviews with our social worker (one individual interview for both Rob and I, one joint interview, one house visit and interview of kids)
  • 4 letters of recommendation

  • While we waited for our home study to be approved, we continued to gather our necessary dossier documents, which included:
  • adoption petition
  • birth and marriage certificates
  • employment and non-employment verification letters
  • Financial statement
  • Physical Exam reports
  • Police Clearance letters
  • I-797 (Approved I-800A From) by the USCIS
  • Home Study Report
  • 3 front-facing Passport Photos, 3 couple only photos, 8 different family life photos

  • Once our home study was approved, we were able to file our I-800A with the United States Citizen and Immigration Services:
    After being fingerprinted, our I-800A was approved and we were issued our I-797:
    Then each of the above documents had to go through the process of being notarized and certified by the state in which the document originated,
    certified by the US Department of State,
    and finally aunthenticated by the Chinese Embassy.
    Now that our agency has our completed dossier, they will put it through a "critical review", where it will be looked over 3 more times to make sure everything is correct. If everything looks good, it will be translated into Chinese and mailed via international express mail to China. When that happens, we will be "DTC"(Dossier to China). This is a HUGE milestone in the adoption process and one that I am anxiously anticipating. We have our fingers crossed that they will not find any mistakes on our paperwork, and hopefully I can report sometime in the next 2 weeks that we are finally "DTC", and one step closer to finding our girl.

    1 comment:

    1. What adoption agency did you use? My husband and I are in the very early stages of our adoption journey and are in the process of researching different agencies.