My 3rd dossier preparation- I got this! I remember feeling so overwhelmed with Connor’s dossier and again with the Haiti dossier. The Haiti dossier was really hard because there was no service to assist in. Our agency has a service for China in which they help you prepare it. Its worth every penny!
The dossier is pretty much a collection of never-ending documents that are sent to the County from where you are adopting from.
China requires: a detailed homestudy (which requires numerous meetings with a social worker, clearances in every state you have ever lived in, and just tons of paperwork), medical reports, blood tests, birth certificates, police clearances, financial forms, employment letters, references letters, finger printing, 797 Immigration approval (this is a big one), photos and a whole bunch of specific documents.
What makes the dossier so fun 🙂 is that once you have all the documents they have to be notarized, than certified by the State they were prepared and than authenticated by the Chinese Consulate in DC.
So pretty much its more paperwork than you can imagine But 3rd time is the charm and I am working my way through it this time!
Because our file is being expedited and we already have our I-800a approval we are trying to expedite the dossier. NJ takes a really long time to certify their documents so we are guessing we wont have it complete until mid-summer. My goal is to have it logged into China by mid-July. Fingers crossed!
We made a lot of progress today-medical tests, police clearances and a birth certificates! Exciting stuff!