Yesterday was another BIG day! I sent all of our dossier documents to a courier that we have hired to take them to the Chinese Consulate of Washington, D.C. to have them authenticated. The only thing we are waiting on is our I800a approval and we will pay for expedited authentication of it and then we will be DTC =Dossier to China. Then it is up to the CCWAA (China Center of Welfare and Adoption Affairs) to approve us.
What is a dossier? The official definition is "a collection of papers containing detailed information about a particular person or subject (usually a person's record). In this case, the record is being compiled on the adoptive parents. In order to adopt a child from China, you will be required to collect a series of documents that tell the CCWAA about you, your family, your health, and your finances.
Our agency provided a workbook outlining the dossier process. It was hard to get my head around the process because for us several states were involved. I don't know what I would do without the China Adopt Talk adoption forum. They have answered so many questions for me and helped me to understand the process. So if you are in the process of adopting please check out this forum. http://chinaadopttalk.com/forum/index.php
Things are beginning to happen around here more frequently so its so great to see us progressing towards getting our baby girl! :) We ask for your continued prayers for the paperwork to go smoothly and quickly and that Charlotte is being loved and well cared for. All the waiting & paperwork is so hard, but I am trying to stay focused on that one day I will look back on this time as just a blink of an eye because we will have Charlotte in our arms and know she is ours forever.