The Adoption File

Posted On: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

[Written 10/19/2011, published 11/14/2011.]

I woke up spontaneously at 5am this morning and grabbed for my cell phone in the dark. It was blinking; I had a new email. 🙂 Sure enough, it was from our agency. I’ve been emailing (pestering) them with questions for a couple weeks now about this little boy who I just KNOW is supposed to be our son!  One of the biggest pieces of information we got from our Puyang visit was that the SWI had already made an adoption file for Pu Min Yu (which they were nice enough to give us a copy of) and submitted it to the province about a month ago!  We thought we would have to convince them to create a file, but SURPRISE!  They already made it AND submitted it!  The only problem is that we haven’t been able to find it.  (An adoption file is created by the orphanage, sent to the province, then to the national place–the CCCWA, then the CCCWA sends it out to an adoption agency, or the shared list which can be accessed by all agencies.)

So he has a file, but we’ve been unable to locate it.  Once the orphanage sends it off to the province they have no control over where it goes.  We weren’t sure if it was with another agency, or not on any list because he was already matched with a family. (Honestly, I didn’t think it was with a family, because he is supposed to be with OUR family.) But to keep my heart guarded, I tried to at least acknowledge the possibilities to myself.

After anxiously reading this morning’s email, I am once again filled with gratitude:

I heard back from China today, and the CCCWA [China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption] said Pu Min Yu’s file may be going to be released to the shared list, most likely one night next week! We will look for him for you, but please remember that there is a risk that another agency could lock him in. Being an older boy, we should have a good chance though.

We found it!!!  Phew!  I am so grateful it’s not with another agency, or with another family.  And what timing!  This whole timing thing is beginning to make a lot of sense.  If we had waited for months or a year like we had wanted, we would have missed finding our son.  Now we just have to wait until his file is released, and pray our agency can lock it for us before another agency does!  Praying, praying, praying! 🙂


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