Monday, February 26, 2007

Keeping You in the Know: Moving From Department 1 and On

The question: Does Children’s Hope generally let their prospective parents know when they have been approved in China’s Department 1 and moving on to the next department?

The answer: Yes, I watch the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) Web site ( and the CCAA posts the current status under Document Process on the right hand side of their web page. Right now it says,

“The CCAA has finished the review of the adoption application documents registered with our office before March 22, 2006.

The CCAA has finished the placement of children for the families whose adoption application documents were registered with our office before October 13, 2005."

This means the CCAA Department 1 has reviewed and approved dossiers up to and including March 22, 2006 and the CCAA Department 2 has sent out referrals for dossiers logged in up to and including October 13, 2005."
When I see that the CCAA has updated their Web site, I'll post the CCAA's information to all the Children’s Hope China Yahoo groups. I also have many Children’s Hope helpers who watch the CCAA Web site, too!

Agency Preference; Wait Times

The rumor: Some agencies are telling their clients to expect a 24 month wait, some are saying a 18 month wait is expected. Are some agencies given preference? Are smaller or newer agencies with less reputation than Children’s Hope having longer wait times?

The answer: China is unique in that they treat all countries and all agencies (big and small) equally when referring children. The CCAA sends out referrals based on the log in date (LID), or when .

The rumors and guesstimates you see from agencies and individuals are just that—rumors and guesstimates. The CCAA does not publish or announce any wait time from LID to referral. The only thing anyone knows for sure is how long the wait from LID to referral was as each referral group comes in.