I knew there was going to be a problem with the LOA's having different orphanage names on the paperwork. Apparently, Kanani's LOA discrepancy is between literal Mandarin Chinese spelling (Wulumuqi) and Uyghur, the local ethnic minority, spelling (Urumqi).
Ming's is misspelled in three different places. Oh my, will I ever get to my children?!
Ming turns 12 in February, I really hope to travel and be home in time to celebrate his birthday in the US. I missed his 11th birthday, I don't plan on missing another one.
The LOA's arrived and are ready to be signed. There is a discrepancy in the spelling of the orphanage names. I need to make sure that I put the correct information on the I800 application, I don't need any additional delays.
Wouldn't you know, the one day I forget my cell phone at home, CCAI is trying to reach me. I discovered the message last night around 8pm. I didn't give it much thought and left a message for them this morning. At around 11am, they called to say that both LOA's arrived at their office.
I received an e-mail from Kanani's orphanage. I have to thank my friend and china contact for this. He contacted the orphanage to get updated information for me. In turn, he sent me the orphanage e-mail address.
I received an e-mail from them and they are so happy to find out that Xin Huazhen has a family. They assured me that they will start preparing her for adoption.
They have been informed that I will be sending her a package......that's my current project.
I received updated information for Kanani. She is now 63 lbs and 56" tall. I had to run out an purchase a pretty little Hello Kitty shirt and a pair of jeans.
I'm working on putting a care package together to send to her. I know, this time, I will send it FEDEX. I sent Ming 2 packages and he only received one, in addition, he only received a couple of things that were in that box.
At 5:10pm, CCAI notified me that my LOI has been submitted for the little girl I am pursuing. Her file is officially LOCKED.
CCAI decided to take a different approach prior to submitting my LOI. CCAI requested that I submit my professional experience that I have working with the little girls non-correctable special need and supports. CCAI in turn submitted the information to their Beijing staff, who would advocate on my behalf. CCCWA requested that my LOI be submitted, while CCAI's Beijing staff is standing by to answer any question working from the information that was previously sent.
I pray for pre-approval and that my next blog post will be that I was granted a single's waiver, have PA and can introduce my daughter.
The first draft of my home study update has been completed. It was submitted to CCAI for a quick review and they have given me the green light to proceed with submitting my LOI. They will need to request a single's waiver, in order for me to do a concurrent adoption.
Certain waivers are easier to obtain than others, and I aware of only one (1) other parent who received a single's waiver.
I will pray and leave it in God's hands that this little girl is meant to be a part of my family and that I will bring her home with my son Ming.