Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Here's the latest...
Our dossier was sent to the Chinese government a few weeks ago. This is a big deal when it comes to international adoption! The dossier is a compilation of all our hard work over the last year. Under the standard adoption program, families wait for about 40 weeks for a match after their dossier Log In Date (LID). We are fortunate as we already have a match with our little Elyssa Li. Now, we have to be patient as the Chinese government needs to review our dossier to ensure that they are ready to allow us to adopt our baby. So, the wait will probably be between 3-6 months until we can travel. This will make the trip quite challenging, from a logistical standpoint. Brian will have to probably fly from Iraq to Kuwait, and then on to Beijing during his R&R from Iraq. We hope he has enough time to fly back to Los Angeles. However, the R&R rules are very clear and he only has 15 days away from the job. As the average time in China for these trips is about 14 days, we are anticipating no time in the USA for Brian.
In other news, we got some additional documents about Elyssa this week. An email arrived that contained a few medical documents that the great staff at Holt translated into English for us. It said that Elyssa had a surgery to close her cleft lip last August. That is good news! What is not clear is whether her pallet was corrected. We do know for sure that her alveolar bone will need corrected as she gets older. Either way, we are ready to give her the best care possible when she comes home to the USA and are grateful for all the love and care she is receiving in China.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
We finally received our last piece of paperwork for the dossier on Thursday! Brian attempted to get it notarized on Fort Lewis on Friday afternoon. Wouldn't you know it, they were closed! He'll go back to the legal office on Monday morning to get it taken care of. This will complete our dossier and we'll be able to send it off to China! I'm not sure how long it should take to get our travel approval, but we will apply for our visas as soon as possible so that we can take off ASAP!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
We are hoping to travel to Kunming very soon to bring home our daughter, Elyssa Li. We are just about complete with our adoption dossier. This dossier needs to be sent to the Chinese authorities who will review it and then, God willing, grant us permission to travel to China. We are awaiting and expecting a document from Homeland Security that allows up to bring Elyssa back to the States with us. This document will complete the dossier.
For those who are interested, here is a link to a very interesting article about the current state of international adoption in China: http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/
Upon doing some research on the internet, we narrowed our search down to a few agencies. Brian had done some preliminary research while he was living in Korea in 2007. We were interested in the prospects of adopting a girl from one of the many orphanages in the Seoul area. Unfortunately, Korean law requires foreign couples to be married for at least five years before they can be considered for adoption. As we had only been married for four years at that time, we decided to hold off and look into the adoption process upon Brian's return home in July of that year.
After a few months of trying for our own baby, we finally decided to move the adoption process from the "let's think about it" phase to the "mission execution phase." The information provided by Holt International out of Eugene, Oregon really seemed to fall into line with what we were trying to accomplish. The agency was born after the Korean War. A couple from Sweethome, Oregon started Holt after they worked to bring back orphans from the many Korean orphanages overflowing with children following the bloody Korean War. Both Nancy and I were drawn to Holt's child centered approach to adoption. You can read more about Holt at their website (http://www.holtinternational.org/). We were convinced that we made the right choice after our friends told us that they had used Holt to adopt their beautiful little girl.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Welcome to all! Nancy and I are starting this blog to let our friends and family join us in our journey to bring our precious daughter, Elyssa Li Forn, to her new home. Many of you are already aware that we are in the process of adopting this little miracle from Kunming City, Yunnan, People's Republic of China.