November 4, 2002 @ 9:25 AM

Rumors are flying this morning that referrals are in the mail! From the rumors (actually posts on the websites of adoption agencies that people are seeing and relaying to Chinese adoption bulletin boards), one agency is saying that referrals were mailed on Thursday. Another agency posted on their website today that referrals are in the mail (it is unclear if they mean that referrals were mailed today since their message was posted today. Or if the mailing was done earlier like on Thursday as the other agency said). More news hopefully later today.

November 1, 2002 Update

No adoption news or rumors appeared today. It now seems unlikely that we will receive a referral next week (during the week of November 4-8) since rumors usually start appearing about a week before referrals arrive in the United States. Usually, the rumors we would normally hear a week before referrals actually arrive are “this month’s matches have been made and are being prepared to be mailed” or “this month’s matches have been completed and are on the CCAA’s director’s desk for final signature”. I suppose if rumors appear on Monday, there might be a chance of referrals arriving on Friday.

October 27, 2002 Update

It’s highly unlikely we will get a referral this week (now through November 1). If referrals were coming this week, we would have heard rumors on the Internet last week about referrals being out of the matching room and on the desk of the CCAA’s (Chinese government adoption agency’s) director’s desk for final signature. Usually, this rumor comes out. Then a few days later, another rumor comes out that the referrals have been put in the mail by CCAA. Then 2-3 days later, people start announcing on the Internet that their agencies have received their referrals.

If these rumors start appearing this upcoming week, that will mean referrals should be coming next week (November 4 through 8). Some adoption agencies had been predicting referrals arriving during the week of November 4-8 anyway.

October 21, 2002 Update

Rumor Central: In the last few days, some people have been told by their adoption agencies that the next batch of referrals will probably come during the first week of November with a possibility they could come as early as next week (Halloween week).

Usually, fairly accurate rumors come out a few days before each batch of referrals arrive in the U.S. because China informs adoption agencies when they place referrals in the mail. Some adoption agencies, in turn, inform their clients. The clients, in turn, relay the news onto newsgroups on the Internet (which many of us participate in). Referrals usually show up at the adoption agencies 2 to 3 days after they are mailed from China. Those “referrals are in the mail” rumors have yet to appear.

October 17, 2002 Update

There are more rumors coming out on the Internet (supposedly from reliable sources) that the next group of dossiers to be sent out by China could come in the next 2 to 4 weeks.

October 15, 2002 Update

We got a call from our adoption agency late last week saying that we should receive our referral between the end of October and the end of November. And travel 6 weeks after the receipt of the referral.

October 2, 2002 Update

Chinese adoption applicants who submitted dossiers (formal applications) to China between mid-July through the end of August 2001 received their referrals today. More than likely, we will be in the next group of dossiers to be processed (China usually processes at least a month’s worth of dossers at a time and our dossier was received in China on September 25, 2001). The question is: how long will it take the Chinese government to process the batch of referrals we are in? The last batch of referrals (which people received today) took 6 weeks to process. Prior batches have taken 4 to 8 weeks to process.

I would expect to receive a referral sometime in November (as opposed to the previously hoped for late October). Since the beginning of travel to China is 6-8 weeks after referral (with 6 weeks being common), an early November referral might mean travel before Christmas. But a late November referral might mean travel shortly after New Year’s Day.

Adoption agencies (other than our own) are reporting that dossiers received in China during all of September are currently in the matching room. This is the room where workers actually match applicants with babies.

It is a mystery how the workers in this room decide on matches. There is a rumor that these workers actually look at the pictures of the applicants and the pictures of the babies and try to match them up based on similar facial features. There is another rumor that Chinese astrology is taken into account in regards to what would make a good match.

September 23, 2002 Update

Still waiting for news on our Chinese adoption. Expected date of referral (receipt of information about our future daughter from the Chinese government) is the end of October or the end of November. Typical timeline for leaving for China to pick up a daughter and go through the adoption process in China is 6 to 8 weeks after referral. Time spent in China to go through the adoption/immigration process is 10-14 days. So there is a chance, we can pick up our daughter and bring her back to Sacramento before Christmas. Though we have been warned it might not occur until the middle of January