We got some not so good news today. Seems the CCAA (the Chinese department that oversees all adoptions in China) is going to be slowing the pace of foreign adoptions in the near future. This will increase the wait time between when the dossier is logged in China and the referals to 10-12 months. So we are scrambling to get things in so as to shorten that time as much as possible. But I’m very sad about this. It means we don’t know at present how long it will take to get our Lorelei.

Well, I guess the CCAA has been reviewing some things about their adoption policies. China is putting more of an emphasis on domestic adoptions now and is unwilling to increase the number of foreign adoptions allowed each year. In additon, the CCAA has a lot more reponsibilies now and has been going through some reorganization. This is going to slow everything down. It’s very sad because they had worked so hard to get the wait down over the last few years and now they are changing their priorities again. Well, counting our blessings: at least the program is still open.

So everyone think good thoughts for speedy gathering of our remaining documents, quick authentication of our dossier and for the LA USCIS to be running faster than the project 6 weeks for the approvals to come through. I really want to be DTC no later than January so we have some hope of seeing our girl in 2006.




6 Responses to “Scrambling”

  1. Cat says:

    Oh dearheart! Huge hugs to you and yours!

  2. Daiv says:

    I keep saying, the one lesson i have learned over these last several years is that the best things in life come from the hardest decisions; In any given situation, the hardest thing to do is usually the right one. So… This bites. a lot. And many people would give up, faced with these obstacles. I know you will not, I know you will do whatever it takes to get your daughter.
    And I know that it just really bites to have even more obstacles placed in front of you. But the obstacles we overcome are what make us great.
    And when she is a teenager, she will have a hard time arguing that you do not really want her.

    Be well, my beloved friends. Be loved.

  3. Hope says:

    I am sorry to hear this! Big hugs and speedy blessings to you and Darren!!

  4. Mindy says:

    Well hopefully things will be speedier then you expect. I feel I have to comment on the name thing… 3 last names? OK so growing up with G. I can see the whole “not favorable or melodic” thing ~ but the whole blended family thing is confusing enough for children these days and having different names only adds to that confusion and sometimes even insecurity for the child. Having had different last names in my family at one point I will say that Kendall was never more pleased then when we all finally had the same last name.
    All though these days it is more common for at least one parent to have a different last name it is important for the child to identify to one parent’s name. It will be much harder for Lorelei to explain the difference in last names as it would be to “strapped” with V. or G… either that or you guys should seriously consider changing your names as well! All though you guys feel this name is a connection to your heritage I doubt a small child from China with German/Dutch etc parents will make that connection… just had to weigh in… Darren maybe you could get Dad to change his last name to and make it official? –Mindy

  5. Deb says:

    You know that all this delay means your daughter isn’t ready for you yet.
    Take heart.

  6. Kim says:

    *huge hugs and good thoughts to get through the process as quickly as possible.*

    Definitely take heart, in the end it will be worth it, and before you know it, your Lorelei will be with you.

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