Saturday, February 11, 2006


Amy and I are officially DTC! Before you let your imagination run wild trying to invent terms that DTC might represent, let me explain that it stands for "Dossier To China". It means just what it sounds like - all of the paperwork we have been assembling and fine-tuning for the last six months has been translated and sent to the Chinese Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA)! It will take them some amount of time to log it in, at which point we will have our official LID (Logged In Date, don't you love all of these acronyms?). That technically can't be until March 2nd (12 months after we adopted Sydney), but they will at least have the paperwork in their hands when it rolls around. Needless to say, this is a big milestone in the adoption process, and the one that starts the countdown on the waiting process. We're delighted to have everything out of our hands, though the waiting is arguably more difficult in some ways than the paperchasing.

The wait between now and when we get the "Referral" could be as short as 6 months or as long as 8 or 9, depending on the workload of the CCAA. In the coming months, as groups who were DTC before us begin to get their referrals, we will get a better feel for how long it is taking the CCAA. I'll post more in the coming months about how it looks. Thanks for all of your prayers and support.