What, you may be asking, is DTC, and why does a turkey want it? Well, Dear Readers, the turkey drawings is just symbolic of Thanksgiving, it doesn't have the prefontal cortex capacity to appreciate the joys of the letters DTC. Silly Reader.
But, DTC is very, very real. Dossier to China (DTC) is the adoption milestone where all the paperwork generated, gathered, authenticated, reviewed, and approved is sent to China. This packet of information includes our home study, our I800a (one US gov. approval), recently issued birth certificates and marriage certificates (because they expire), medical forms, employment letters, reference letters, financial documents, etc.
All these documents had to be official copies. They had to be notarized. They needed a State Authentication saying that the notary was valid. Then the Chinese Consulate put their own official seal on it saying that the State Authentication was valid. Don't worry. All those steps help to keep many people employed. All those authentications to make sure we weren't falsifying documents also cost us hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
In this packet is also a letter where we formally ask China if we can pretty, pretty please adopt the child we have already been matched with, waiting for us in China. Yes, they gave us pre-approval, when we sent them a letter back in June asking them if we could adopt this same child, but now we are waiting on the super-duper official approval called LOA (Letter of Acceptance) given by China saying that they really do mean it. We can adopt him. Then there will be various letters sent back and forth among the US Consulate, US Immigration, Chinese government, adoption agency and us acknowledging and approving everyone else's approval.
All this will take several more months and we are hoping to travel to complete the adoption around April.
If there are so many more steps involved and so many more months of waiting, why is this step a big deal? At this point, there is nothing I can do to hurry up the process. I have no more documents to but people about. I don't have to worry about the Consulate not accepting a document because somebody's signature got smudged, or there was a typo, or someone accidentally forgot to fill in a random space on a random form.
Now we just wait. And wait. And wait for the next approval.
But I am so thankful for the opportunity to wait for our sweet boy. I am so thankful for everyone who has helped us get to this point in the process. I am thankful that I see the light at the end of the tunnel - when our new son joins our family.