We outlined last week our very own Dannye’s extraordinary journey adopting a young girl from China. In short, the process began five years ago and is now only beginning to reach a conclusion now that she and her husband have received their referral for a little girl in the Jiangxi province. With most of the clearances, well, cleared, she’s moving on to the next phase in the adoption.
Recently she received notification from her adoption agency congratulating her on completing the referral stage of the adoption. This was the most arduous step that involved all sorts of paperwork and the far-too-long wait for an appropriate baby to become available. Now Dannye and her husband are well within the travel stage.
This involves getting travel clearances to visit the communist country from both our government and theirs, and then making the proper arrangements.
For those who may not know, traveling to a communist country isn’t as simple as traveling to Europe. The Chinese government is very protective of their way of life, and don’t appreciate too many westerners toiling around the countryside poisoning the pot, so to speak, and are therefore selective of who can travel and when.
On our side of the Pacific, our own State Department wants to ensure that our citizens are protected and safe when traveling as well. This is just a long way to say that being awarded a travel visa to China takes a few weeks.
Once they receive their travel visas, Dannye and her husband must make a consulate appointment. The adoption of a foreign national must be handled carefully so that little Chynna is afforded all the rights and protections of an American citizen as the legal child of her American parents.
After they travel to the orphanage in China, Dannye and her husband get to spend 24 hours with the little angel to get to know her, and for the baby to become comfortable with what will be her new parents. If, for whatever reason, the match doesn’t seem right for either the parents or the child, then the adoption does not go forward. However, if everything clicks, then Dannye must take her child to the American consulate to get all the paperwork in order for Chynna’s citizenship.
While this is happening, Chynna is technically in a limbo state where she’s not a citizen of either country. The Chinese government have absolved her of her citizenship in that country, and the American government have yet to recognize her as one of their own.
But after the consulate has approved the adoption, they will recognize Chynna as an American, provide her with an American passport, and her parents can bring her home.
Obviously, the expectant couple would like to travel to China as soon as possible, but the requisite paperwork — and a trade show in China that will delay travel another week — will keep them from their plans until the first week in November, or thereabouts.
But, so long as there are no more hitches in the process, Dannye will have her new baby girl home in time for Thanksgiving, and we imagine that her family will have a beautiful little girl to be thankful for this year. We can’t wait to meet her!