Monday, June 1, 2009


On our 12th day of waiting (which is one day after our 12th anniversary!)we received our pre-approval from China! The CCAA was closed for several days last week due to the Dragon Boat Festival so I didn't expect any news until the end of this week, at the earliest. When I opened my email just before noon and saw the pre-approval message from our agency I squealed so loud I scared the dog.

What this means-
China accepted our letter of intent and nurturing/care plan and officially locked her file for us. We still have to get our dossier to China and get through the review room before we will be issued our Letter of Approval (LOA). The LOA is the no-kidding-she-is-yours document but the PA allows us to announce our intent to the world, with photos!

So, without further ado, I introduce...
Claire Hong Yuan

She is 6 years old and waiting for us in Beijing.
One small speed bump is Beijing requires a 14 day stay before flying to the US Consulate in Guanghzou. Instead of our adoption trip being 12-14 days it will be 18-21 days. It will be very hard to leave our other children for that long but on the flip side we will be able to tour Beijing with Claire and have a lot of pictures of her in her birth city. Claire turns 7 in December and we would absolutely love to travel by then so we can celebrate her birthday with her.
Our next step is to complete our dossier and get it to China ASAP. The only thing we need to complete the dossier is our USCIS approval. Once our dossier gets to China they will thoroughly review it and then issue us a Letter of Approval.


  1. I saw your PA announcement on RQ. We are about in the exact same place as you in this wait. We turned in our LOI on May 6th for a little boy. We received our PA dated the 27th as well. I sent our I800 off on May 11th and got our fingerprint appointment letter on May 22 and we go for fingerprints this Wed, June 3rd. So hopefully soon you will get your appt as well. What is your agency saying about when to expect LOA after you are DTC? Our adoption blog for this adoption is if you are interested. I look forward to following your journey!!

  2. She's beautiful! Congratulations.

  3. Hi! I'm Christine. We have so much in common, I know we'd be instant friends! We just got back from Beijing with our baby girl (2 years old) last month! So much of your blog is similar to our experiences! I saw your blog link on a Yahoo support group. Please check out our blog at I read your post about the rude comments, and I just experienced some of that as well. Unbelievable. What agency are you with? Do you know which Beijing hotel you'll be staying in? When are you leaving?