As of yesterday afternoon, we have our official Travel Approval (TA) to fly to China and pick up Quinn and Jenna. This was our last major piece of paperwork that we have been waiting for. So now what’s next?
We are now working with our adoption agency to set up and schedule appointments for the trip. The entire trip schedule revolves around the Consulate Appointment (CA). This is when we fly to Guangzhou (next to Hong Kong) with our girls to visit the US Embassy. At the US embassy we complete their Visa paperwork and the girls go through a medical examination to make sure they are healthy enough to come back to the US (worst case they might need to get TB shots before coming home). We requested a number of dates from the Consulate for this appointment. If we get our first choice we will arrive at the US consulate on July16th.
However, before the Consulate Appointment comes the exciting part. We fly out to Nanning, China to get our girls. Our girls are in foster care, but the Nanning orphanage still has custody of them and helps to orchestrate the adoption. The Nanning orphanage usually does Gotcha Day (the day we get to take custody of our girls) on Sunday or Monday. This will be our first meeting!! I can’t wait.
The following day, we go back to finalize the adoption (Adoption Day). At this point we sign the papers and make the adoption official. There is not any additional work that has to be completed in the US, it all gets completed in China. The whole US embassy visit is just related to getting the girls back into the US. It sounds like we have to wait around in Nanning a couple of more days after Adoption Day to get the girls’ passports before we can fly to Guangzhou.
Overall the trip will probably take about 14 to 17 days. We are hoping to fly out around July 4th and return around July 21st – give or take a couple of days!!
After a very, very long process, it seems to me like this may finally be happening.