We have the official letter in hand stating that the US government approves us to adopt a special needs child from China (i800a in the adoption world)!   This is a huge step which allows us to get immigration approval to bring our little man to the States.   This is a month faster than we thought!

Praising Jesus for each week we are closer to finalizing this adoption.  Please keep praying for our papers to be error free, not to get lost in the mail and to be received by efficient officers.  Each step is a miracle and we know God is in this process!

Now we are ready to get all of our documents notarized, authenticated and shipped to China!

I will be so glad to have the “paper chasing” behind us.  Now we just wait.  Wait for our log in date (LID) which is when China files all of our paperwork – then wait for a letter of approval (LOA) from China to adopt Zhong Xu.

Since we have pre-approval to adopt him we are certain these approvals will come eventually – it is just a matter of time.  It usually takes about 3 weeks to get a LID and then we could have our LOA anytime from April to August depending on whose desk our paper lands on, if there are any holidays, how many other families are filing at the same time….you get the idea.  There is no “due” date in a paper pregnancy!!

We are finally letting ourselves make plans for our new addition.  He should be here some time this summer so we want to be ready.  It will be here before we know it….hopefully. 😉 I am ready to kiss those cheeks and see his smile in person!

3 thoughts on “Approved!

  1. hey Tammy–so exciting! We’re in the final stretch of waiting, and would love to e-mail you personally to ask some questions about transitions and toddler adoption. Would you be willing? Heather Fried (

  2. Hi Tammy! My sister in law Britney sent me the link to your blog today after we announced that we have pre-approval to adopt our little girl in China. I think she is friends with your brother in law, Ben. Anyway, I just wanted to say hello!

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