Early December 2006 LID referrals are in!

Hello Great Wall Families!

We have wonderful news to share – the stork has landed at Great Wall!

On August 25 we received 2 referrals for families whose dossiers were logged in on December 12, 2006 and 1 referral for an Expedite family logged in on December 25, 2007. This referral group included 3 girls whose ages ranged from 15 months –18 months . Children in this referral group were from the Guangxi Henan and Guangdong provinces. Congratulations to these families!

Great Wall’s next logged in families are from the following LID groups:
12/4/2006
12/27/2006
12/29/2006

If you are in one of these upcoming referral groups, please contact me to discuss your paperwork status. Remember, families must have a valid home study and USCIS paperwork (I-800A) to receive a referral.
Emily Cox
emily@childrenofallnations.com
512-323-9595 x3051

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CCCWA has completed matching for families with dossiers registered through 12/6/2006

Hello Great Wall China families – Good news! We have received notice that the CCCWA has completed matching for families with dossiers registered through 12/6/2006. These families have waited 7+ years for their healthy referral and we are thrilled for them to have received their referral. Please note CCCWA has said the wait time for healthy referrals will continue to lengthen.

If you are in the 12/12/2006 or 12/14/2006 LID groups and have not been in touch with us please contact GWCA as soon as possible to review your status. As a reminder, CCCWA now requires families have a current home study and current valid USCIS I800A approval before they can be issued a referral. If you are not paperwork ready we will need to notify CCCWA to postpone issuance of your referral until you have obtained these items.

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Important Announcement From the CCCWA

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CCCWA

We have recently received a notice from the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) regarding issuance of referrals (Letter of Seeking Confirmation) to adoptive families. The CCCWA has become aware that after the issuance of the Letter of Seeking Confirmation to adoptive families there has been a delay in the return of the signed Letter of Seeking Confirmation (acceptance of referral) and required documentation back to the country. The CCCWA realizes that some families need to renew their expired government approval letter which has consequently delayed the placement of children with families.

In order to avoid such problems and to protect the best interest of the children, CCCWA has implemented the following policy as follows:

1. Adoption agencies must pay close attention to the timeline and schedule of the matching of regular referrals through the traditional China program. For families who are soon to be matched, agencies should make sure that the family’s USCIS approval letter is within the validity period. Agencies will need to send a copy of the renewed approval letter to our Review Department as soon as possible.

2. For families with dossiers submitted under the traditional China program for a regular refer and later transfer to the non-Special Focus Waiting Child adoption program, agencies are required to ensure that the USCIS government approval letter is still within the validity period before locking a child for the family. Families with an expired approval letter cannot lock a non-Special Focus child.

3. If the Letter of Seeking Confirmation and necessary documentation is not signed and returned to country within three months after issuance of regular referral or waiting child referral, the CCCWA will relinquish that child’s referral from the family and assign child to another family with current USCIS approval.

Therefore, effective immediately GWCA will require a copy of each family’s current, valid USCIS I800A Notice of Approval before the family can be issued a referral from CCCWA or lock a file for non-Special Focus child.  Please be aware that USCIS quotes 90 days to review and adjudicate the I800A application. We recommend families who anticipate an imminent referral complete their home study and apply to USCIS as quickly as possible.  Please remember your GWCA case manager must review and approve all home studies prior to finalization.  We ask that families with a current USCIS approval send a copy of their approval notice to GWCA.  For LID families that are expecting a healthy referral and we have not received a copy of the current USCIS approval per CCCWA new policy, GWCA must notify CCCWA to postpone issuance of a referral until the family is able to provide a valid, current USCIS approval.

Please do not hesitate to speak directly with your GWCA case manager regarding any questions concerns about CCCWA’s new policy. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Spring News and Updates!!!

On April 24, 2013 we received 2 referrals for families whose dossiers were logged in on October 26, 2006.  This referral group included 2 girls whose ages ranged from 12 months to 16 months. Children in this referral group were from the Jiangxi province. Congratulations to these families!   

If you are in the 11/7/2006 , 11/13/2006, and 11/16/2006  LID group and have not been in contact with me please call or email me at 512-323-9595 ext. 3092 or email kristin@gwca.org ASAP to review your status.

NEWS & UPDATES:

 NEW GREAT WALLCHINA ADOPTIONS AND CHILDREN OF ALL NATIONS ADOPTIONS FORUM

Great Wall and Children of All Nations has just started a new Adoption Forum, so all our families can connect to have positive, inspirational, and informative discussions. The Forum will have discussion topics about our country programs.  Our Adoption Forum also contains a book club. Each month we will post an intriguing adoption book to explore and discuss.  Join our Adoption Forum today and become more interactive in the Great Wall and Children of All Nations family here. http://childrenofallnations.com/forum/

USCIS PAPERWORK INFORMATION

 On April 8, 2013, USCIS published revised Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, and Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, with 3/05/2013 edition dates.  USCIS will accept older editions for 60 days.  Beginning June 8, 2013, USCIS will only accept the 03/05/2013 editions.     

The applications are free and can be downloaded from USCIS’s website here: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD

CHINA LABOR DAY!!!

Beginning April 29 through May 1stChinacelebrates the National Labor Day Holiday!Chinaworkers get to enjoy time off of work to celebrate spring with Tomb Sweeping, Dragon Boat, and Mid-Autumn festivals.

THE LID EDGE:  FAMILIES WITH LOG IN DATE HAVE THE EDGE!

The CCCWA adds new children to the shared list once a month. For the first month that a child is available for adoption, they can only be matched with a family that is logged-in. The Waiting Child team monitors the shared list for potential matches for our LID families. Children with commonly accepted or “minor” conditions will generally be placed very quickly with a family who has a LID.  If your family is hoping to adopt a child who has been diagnosed with a minor, correctable and/or more commonly accepted condition or diagnosis, you will want to consider the LID Edge.

If you decide this is something you want to learn more about please contact me or one of our Waiting Child Specialists to learn more about this program.

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April Places Everyone

On April 10, 2013 the China Center for Child Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) released they completed matching for families whose dossiers were logged in through 10/24/2006.  I am monitoring the status of referrals regularly and will keep you updated.

If you are in the 10/26/2006, 11/7/2006, and 11/13/2006  LID group and have not been in contact with me please call or email me at 512-323-9595 ext. 3092 or email kristin@gwca.org ASAP to review your status.

NEWS & UPDATES:

 NEW GREAT WALL CHINA ADOPTIONS AND CHILDREN OF ALL NATIONS ADOPTIONS FORUM

Great Wall and Children of All Nations has just started a new Adoption Forum, so all our families can connect to have positive, inspirational, and informative discussions. The Forum will have discussion topics about our country programs.  Our Adoption Forum also contains a book club. Each month we will post an intriguing adoption book to explore and discuss.  Join our Adoption Forum today and become more interactive in the Great Wall and Children of All Nations family herehttp://childrenofallnations.com/forum/

NEW WEBINAR THIS MONTH!
China Waiting Child Program: Craniofacial Conditions

I want to  let you know about a new webinar being hosted by our Waiting Child Team: China Waiting Child Medical Conditions Overview: Craniofacial Conditions. In this webinar series we will be providing information on specific special needs that we see in the China Waiting Child Program. The goal is to provide some education to help demystify a special need. We know the medical terms can be overwhelming and even intimidating, so our goal is to help you understand a certain special need that you may not even have previously considered. And of course, we’ll be telling you about beautiful Waiting Children who have that special need.

This webinar will cover common Craniofacial medical conditions that we see in the Waiting Child Program. Topics will include Cleft Lip and Palate, Hemifacial Microsomia, Microtia, and Facial Deformities. You’ll have a great introduction to learn more about this common medical condition, to see before and after pictures, and an opportunity to ask questions.  When families hear the term “special needs”, many may assume this means a child has a severe, life-long, life-altering medical or developmental condition. In the Waiting Child Program we often see children of varying ages with needs which are easily treated, correctable or manageable, such as Craniofacial conditions.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!

 Be sure to register to for this webinar which will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT. To sign up please follow the link below:

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/902467920

Help us get to know your family and what you are hoping for in an adoption with our Waiting Child Profile! Waiting Child Profile. To fill one out, please visit: http://www.gwca.org/waiting-child-profile-init-2/

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8 New Referrals for Great Wall Families!

On February 27, 2013 we received 8 referrals for families whose dossiers were logged in on October 16th and 19th, 2006.  This referral group included 7 girls and 1 boy whose ages ranged from 1 year to 3 years . Children in this referral group were from the Guangxi, Jiangsu and Jiangxi provinces. Congratulations to these families!

If you are in the 10/26/2006 and 11/7/2006 LID group and have not been in contact with me please call or email me at 512-323-9595 ext. 3092 or email kristin@gwca.org ASAP to review your status.

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USCIS Paperwork Information

Families have two options: you can apply for extensions of your paperwork with USCIS, or allow your paperwork to lapse and re-file with USCIS under the I-800A once closer to referral.  Keep in mind that we do recommend families interested in adopting a child through our Waiting Child Program keep their USCIS approval current.

Please remember you are NOT required to continue refilling for the I800A approval.

Per CCCWA guidelines, families are now required to work with a COA accredited or Hague accredited home study agency for post adoption reports, unless using the same home study agency that you worked with during your dossier phase.  If you have moved during the process and are working with a new home study agency other than the agency that assisted you during the dossier phase, your new agency must be COA accredited or Hague accredited for the purpose of your post adoption reports. If you are no longer working with your original home study agency please let us know so that we can confirm your current agency’s accreditation status. Remember GWCA must review and approve each home study and home study update before it is finalized.  Do not hesitate to contact us directly should you have questions about this process.

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The LID Edge: Families with log in date have the EDGE!

The CCCWA adds new children to the Waiting Child shared list once a month. For the first month that a child is available for adoption, they can only be matched with a family that is logged-in. CCCWA allows families who already have a dossier logged in (like you) to adopt a child with a treatable or correctable condition. You would work directly with our staff to select, review and be matched with a child with minor health conditions. Only families with a LID can request these children. The Waiting Child team monitors the shared list for potential matches for our LID families. You are able to designate the gender, age range, and conditions you are open to. When families hear the term “special needs”, many may assume this means a child has a severe, life-long, life-altering medical or developmental condition. In the Waiting Child Program, we often see young children with needs which are correctable and easily manageable. LID families who are open to special needs such as cleft lip and palate, minor orthopedic issues, minor heart conditions, and others are currently being matched in just 1-6 months. Children with commonly accepted or “minor” conditions will generally be placed very quickly with a family who has a LID.

Our Waiting Child Team is offering a Waiting Child webinar which will go over special needs and include information about the LID Edge. Join us to learn more about the Waiting Child process for LID families, as well as some of the special needs we see most often.

China Waiting Child Webinar: Adopting a Child with Special Needs
Tue. Feb 12, 2013 11:00 am – 12:00 PM CST

To register for this webinar:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/251604273

If you are interested in the Waiting Child program help us get to know your family and what you are hoping for in an adoption! We encourage families who are interested to complete our Waiting Child Profile. This is a free, brief survey that doesn’t commit you to the waiting child program but will allow us to gain a better understanding of your adoption desires. To fill one out, please visit:   http://www.gwca.org/waiting-child-profile-init-2/
I hope that you will consider attending the webinar and then get back to us with any questions or concerns.

USCIS Paperwork Information

Please remember you are NOT required to continue refiling for the I800A approval.

Families have two options: you can apply for extensions of your paperwork with USCIS, or allow your paperwork to lapse and re-file with USCIS under the I-800A once closer to referral. Keep in mind that we do recommend families interested in adopting a child through our Waiting Child Program keep their USCIS approval current.

Per CCCWA guidelines, families are now required to work with a COA accredited or Hague accredited home study agency for post adoption reports, unless using the same home study agency that you worked with during your dossier phase. If you have moved during the process and are working with a new home study agency other than the agency that assisted you during the dossier phase, your new agency must be COA accredited or Hague accredited for the purpose of your post adoption reports. If you are no longer working with your original home study agency please let us know so that we can confirm your current agency’s accreditation status. Remember GWCA must review and approve each home study and home study update before it is finalized. Do not hesitate to contact us directly should you have questions about this process.

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Chinese New Year

This weekend marks the beginning of the celebration of Chinese New Year. This is the most important and longest of the traditional Chinese holidays. 2013 is the year of the snake. The holiday is from 2/8 – 2/15. Businesses, including CCCWA will be closed during this time.

Here are some fun traditions to incorporate to your family’s celebratory weekend! ( Reference and Source: History Channel)

**Red envelopes -Called “hong bao” in Mandarin, the red envelopes filled with money are typically only given to children or unmarried adults with no job. If you’re single and working and making money, you still have to give the younger ones the hong bao money. The color red denotes good luck/fortune and happiness/abundance in the Chinese Culture and is often worn or used for decoration in other celebrations.

**Dragon – The Dragon is present in many Chinese cultural celebrations as the Chinese people often think of themselves as descendants of the mythical creature. On the fifth day of the New Year when many people have to start going back to work, they will also have the Dancing Dragons perform in the front of the office building. On the 15th day of the New Year (Yuan Xiao Jie), they will also have dancing dragon performances. The dragon represents prosperity, good luck and good fortune.

**Traditional Foods-The Chinese New Year’s Eve meal is the most important dinner of the year.Many families often celebrate New Year’s Eve dinner at a restaurant. These dishes used to be all made from scratch, but now people can easily buy them prepackaged at the supermarkets.
•Eight Treasures Rice (contains glutinous rice, walnuts, different colored dry fruit, raisins, sweet red bean paste, jujube dates, and almonds).
•”Tang Yuan” – black sesame rice ball soup; or a Won Ton soup.
•Chicken, duck, fish and pork dishes.
•”Song Gao”, literally translates to “loose cake”- which is made of rice which has been coarsely ground and then formed into a small, sweet round cake.
•”Jiu Niang Tang” – sweet wine-rice soup which contains small glutinous rice balls
•a sweet soup made of cut-up fruit: Cut fruit is added into hot/warm water which has had a thickening agent (like cornstarch).

Check your family’s local resources; there might be some fun activities in your area to celebrate this holiday!

Gung Hay Fat Choy! “Best wishes and congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year.”

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Congress Extends Adoption Tax Credit

January 2, 2013 – Alexandria, VA – Late Tuesday night,
Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act which will become law upon President Obama’s signature. Amongst the provisions of this Act was an extension of the adoption tax credit.

Complete details of implementation are still to be seen, but the bill permanently extends the adoption tax credit which is set at $10,000, but may once again be scaled for inflation, potentially bringing it to near the 2012 amount of $12,650. Families with incomes under $150,000 will receive the full credit and it will gradually phase out for higher incomes.

“Congress is to be commended for remembering children and families as a priority. The adoption tax credit is an important layer of support for families who adopt. The credit helps ensure children find their way to safe, stable, loving, and permanent families” says Megan Lindsey of National Council For Adoption. “We are grateful to Congress, the Obama administration, and our many partnering advocates in the Save the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group for their tireless efforts on behalf of this important credit.”

The complete language of the American Taxpayer Relief Act is available here.

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