artwork by William Hulsberg, age 8



The Wait
"How long will you have to wait?" is a common question from friends and family when we first started talking about the whole China Adoption process.

The answer is "About 7-9 months after we become DTC."

"What's DTC?" is the next question.

DTC means
Dossier To China. Once all our paperwork was gathered, notarized, authenticated, and certified by a gazillion government bureaucrats, we put it all together into a dossier and sent it to New Hope, our adoption agency. After another final round of authentication (10 days) they sent it to China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) in Beijing. At that point we were DTC.

We were DTC in March of 2005. Currently, there is a seven to eight month turn-around for referrals from
CCAA. WE RECEIVED OUR REFERRAL ON 12/12/05!!!!!!!!!!!! MEET CHLOE SIMONE!!!

©2005 Paul H. Goethel & Jeanne M. Juneau