Here is a quick guide to the steps we are going through to adopt our twins. Hopefully along with the sidebar table, it will help you know where we are and how far we have left to go.
Paperwork = This includes our home study, background checks, fingerprinting, medical history and physical, etc.
LID = Log-In Date. This is when you turn your dossier (paperwork) into country where you are trying to adopt. It means we can be matched with a child on the special needs list.
Referral = Get a referral which includes pictures and medical files on the child. We have 72 hours to review this with doctors and decide if we want to send in a LOI.
LOI = Letter of Intent. We send a letter stating we want to adopt this specific child.
PA = Pre-approval. China pre-approves us to adopt the child we picked out.
LOA = Letter of Acceptance. China sends us an official paper copy accepting us as the adoptive parents to the specific child we intend to adopt.
Form I-800 = A petition to the US government to adopt the child we are intending to adopt. You are changing the status of an orphan to an immediate relative which means one less orphan in the world!! 🙂
NVC = National Visa Center. From what I can tell, this is the visa for our child to enter the U.S.
Article 5 = Our child’s visa paperwork gets sent to the Embassy in China and they create a paper that allows us to obtain custody of our child.
TA = Travel Approval. We can start planning our trip because all paperwork is done. We can probably travel within 3 to 6 weeks of getting our travel approval.
Gotcha Day = Well, you can figure that one out.
CA = Consulate appointment. While in China we will go to the court, sign papers and make the girls ours.