Our case worker from CCAI (Chinese Children Adoption agency in Atlanta) contacted Jeremiah today. They finally received everything to complete our dossier. It normally takes 9-11 days to review the dossier and make any final corrections. However, she said since ours is "good" and we've already been matched with our child, they will "rush" it. I'm not going to get my hopes up too much about anything being rushed. Our dossier should be mailed to Colorado today with a tracking number. We will receive an email once it is received in Colorado. Once it is in Colorado, it will be translated into Chinese. We will then receive another email when it is sent from Colorado to China.
Once the dossier arrives in China it takes a while to get into the correct hands. Our case worker expects it to be at least January before our "log-in" date. She said that typically in a "waiting child" case, which means an adoption like ours where a family chooses a child with special needs from the waiting child program, families travel 6 months after the log-in date. We were hoping to travel around Spring Break, but it looks like it will be June or July.
We are thankful that Jeremiah and the boys will be on Summer Break from school. This will definately make arrangements for the boys easier because we won't have to worry about carpooling too and from school. It will also mean that Jeremiah won't have to take 15 days off of work - some without pay - since he doesn't have enough leave banked up.
However, this breaks our hearts to know that baby Phillips will have to live at least 7 more months at the orphanage. I guess it is not my duty to try to understand or fix the situation. Rather, to be hopeful and know that we will travel in God's perfect timing.
Our Both Hands ministry project is well underway! We are having a big Coffee/Dessert/Volunteer party this Saturday. If you are still interested in joining in the project please call me! We will be spending about 8 hours on Sat. December 12 working on a widow's home. We'll also be sending out 600 sponsorship letters to let people know about the ministry and how it will help both a widow and an orphan.