Saturday, December 09, 2006

While it may seem like our wait is over, we are really just starting a different kind of wait. In some ways this part will be harder - our girl will be growing up without us - but in other ways I imagine it will be easier - at least there's a goal in sight and some assurance that this really is going to happen. Since many of you have already asked why we can't just go pick her up now, following is an exerpt from a letter our agency sent us a while back.

After a referral of a child has been accepted and the family has returned the paperwork to Dillon, we will prepare the acceptance documents to be sent to Vietnam. The following is an outline of what occurs once your paperwork arrives in Vietnam:

Your dossier and acceptance papers are sent to Ho Chi Minh City to our attorney, Thomas. When Thomas receives your dossier, he will forward it to a translator. The translation process can take 1-3 weeks.

After your dossier has completed the translation process, Thomas will send it to the
International Adoption Department (IAD) in Ha Noi. The IAD will review your dossier, and, if they are satisfied with all the documents, they will give your dossier a log-in date. You can estimate you will travel within 3-6 months of this log-in date.

After the IAD has given your dossier a log-in date, they will send a letter to your child’s province requesting that the Local Justice Department begin compiling your child’s legal documents, which is also called the child’s dossier. This process can take up to 30 business days.

Once the IAD in Ha Noi receives your child’s dossier, they will review your child’s dossier and your dossier. After they are satisfied with all the dossier documents, they will forward your family's dossier and the child's dossier back to your child’s Local Justice Department in your child’s province.

When the Local Justice Department in your child’s province receives your dossier and your child’s dossier, they will forward the dossier documents to the People’s Committee and then the People’s Committee will set a date and time for the Giving and Receiving Ceremony.

Families should have approximately two weeks notice before travel.

Please remember that due to this being a new and evolving program, the process and timeframes outlined above can change without notice.

So all that to say, though we're overwhelmingly grateful for this early Christmas gift, we won't get to enjoy her fully until at least Easter! In the meantime please pray with us that everything will go smoothly throughout this process and that we'll see our girl sooner rather than later.

3 comments:

Rachel said...

You know I will be praying for you! Her province has processed families quickly in the past, so that's definitely a plus! I'm so happy to see you onto the next step...it's about time, too! :)

crystal said...

OOOH MY GOODNESS--I jsut found your blog --CONGRATUALTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! --I know that feeling!!!!--We are also Christians and we are adopting from Guatemala.--I am praying for you and your family to bring her home soon!!!!!!!!

Heather and Michael said...

At least Ninh Thuan does process the quickest! But, the wait is still hard. The beauty is that once she is in your arms you develop amnesia and can't remember the wait or what you missed with her. Even though Sarah was 14 months old, we felt like we were being given a brand new baby because she was new to us! And, she'll probably be sleeping though the night once you get her! :)