After we’re logged in to CCCWA’s system (hopefully in late summer), we’re hoping to be matched with a child fairly quickly – but we really don’t know how long it might take. As I said over and over with our first adoption – Adoption isn’t a predictable process; it’s full of unknowns. Really, though – that applies to everything in life.
Once we’re matched with a child, there are a bunch of other things that have to happen – most of which I’m not yet that familiar with. I know we submit a letter of intent (LOI) to the CCCWA, and then CCCWA sends us a letter of approval (LOA). We also have to submit another immigration form, this time to get approval from the US government for the specific child we’re going to adopt. There are clearly some other things that take place during this time, but like I said, I don’t really know yet what those are. I’ll learn them when the time comes. J
From the time of match until travel will be about six months. Once we receive travel approval (TA), we’ll travel within 2-3 weeks. (This seems SO LONG to us – with Calvin’s adoption, we were in Seoul less than 48 hours after receiving our travel call.)
All three of us will be going to China, and we’ll be there about two weeks. We will fly into a major city (Beijing or Shanghai most likely), probably spend a few days there, and then fly on to the province where our child lives - most likely Henan.
We will receive custody of our child a day or so after arriving in the province, then do the legal adoption the following day. We’ll spend a few more days in province in order to take care of some more paperwork/legal things.
We will then fly to Guangzhou, where we will deal with the US side of things at the Consulate there. The purpose of this is to get a US visa for our child’s Chinese passport. Once we have the visa, we will head home. Our child will be a US citizen as soon as the plane lands on US soil.