(Dossiers awaiting a child match at the CCAA in China)
As I mentioned in a previous entry, the wait period for adopting from China (from dossier submission to referral) has increased from 6 months to 19 months with the likelihood of getting up between 24 and 36 months. We have no way of knowing when we will receive our referral for Lily.
For those of you who are curious about the causes of the slowdown, I'll explain it as well as I can with the limited amount of information that I have. The CCAA is the Chinese governmental organization that is responsible for the adoptions of Chinese children. The CCAA says that they have been receiving more dossiers from potential adoptive parents than the number of "paper ready" children that are currently needing families. "Paper ready" is a key part of this statement.
There are over 1,000 orphanages in China, it's currently estimated that only 1/3 of these participate in international adoption. A conservative estimate puts the number of orphans in China living in these institutions at 60,000. This is where the "paper ready" part comes in. Tens of thousands of children are not paper ready and are therefore not eligible for international adoption. China is obviously a huge country and it is difficult for them to micromanage over 1,000 orphanages. It is up to each of these orphanages to complete the extra paperwork required to make these children eligible for adoption. There are many reasons, mainly political and financial, why this does not get done. There are about 30,000 families waiting to adopt Chinese children and more importantly twice that many children waiting for families. I don't mind waiting for my daughter, but I think it's so sad that these babies and children have to wait so long for families and that some of them will never be placed. There has been some discussion about more orphanages getting into international adoption; I hope it happens soon. This is an incredibly complex issue, so please forgive my oversimplification of it.
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"Welcome home to the Happy Haus" is the greeting I used to receive from Gary when we arrived home from work each day. Gary and I brought our daughter Natalie home from China in November 2011 to live with us in our cozy cottage. In October of 2013, we unexpectedly lost Gary, our dear husband, father and friend.
Our family includes our two sweet Newfoundland dogs, Katie and Louie. Newfoundlands are working dogs, so we make sure our two always have a job to do. Katie and Louie are both certified therapy dogs and bring lots of joy to people who are in need of some Newfie love. They have also competed in Rally Obedience. Katie has earned a Rally Advanced title and Louie has earned a Rally Excellent title. In keeping with Newf tradition, Katie has become a proficient draft dog while Louie prefers practicing water rescue whenever he gets an opportunity. They are also both protectors of their little sister, Natalie.