One difference in China and Korea adoption is that China requires a dossier, while Korea doesn’t. What that basically means is that adopting from China requires more paperwork. A lot more.
In short, here’s what we’re working through --
• Write our autobiographies for our social worker, which will tell her more about us – our marriage, parenting style, jobs, hobbies/interests, extended family, religious beliefs, etc
• Participate in four interviews with a social worker for our home study, including at least one meeting in our home
• Gather/prepare various documents, including birth certificates, marriage license, employment verifications, physical exams, police reports, floor plan of our house, financial statement, and adoption petition
• Have those documents notarized
• Have those documents certified by the appropriate Secretary of State
• Have those documents authenticated by the Chinese Consulate
• Gather photos – 3 of us as a couple, 8 of our “family life,” and 3 passport photos each
• Be fingerprinted by US Immigration in order to be approved by the US government to adopt a child internationally
• Complete adoptive parent training (done online, thankfully)
At the end of that process, we will send our packet to our agency in Colorado who will review it and send it to the CCCWA (China Center for Children’s Welfare & Adoption). Once the CCCWA receives the packet, they will review it, and then officially log us in to their system. This entire process will take about 5-6 months.