Sunday, January 23, 2011

Common Terms in the Hinson World

Good morning all!
Today's post is strictly educational.
But since we all know that non-forced learning ='s fun,
I'm certain you'll enjoy this. 
So, here's your lesson on the adoption lingo 
you'll hear spoken in the Hinson world. 

Common Terms used in China Adoption:

CCAA (Chinese Center of Adoption Affairs) - 
The Chinese governing body that oversees 
the adoption process in China. 
Their offices are located in Beijing, China.

Home Study -
A series of interviews and supporting documentation 
put together by a licensed social worker 
in a report for the purpose of adoption.

LOI (Letter Of Intent) -
This is the letter sent in when adopting 
through the Special Needs process. 
This letter will outline basic information regarding 
your family and will also document your desire to 
nurture and provide for this specific child.

Pre-Travel Approval -
Once the Letter Of Intent is processed by the CCAA, 
you will receive a pre-travel approval. 
It usually takes 6-8 weeks 
for your pre-travel approval to arrive.

CIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services) - 
CIS is the department within Homeland Security 
that is responsible for issuing approvals 
that permit families to bring their adopted child 
into the U.S. from their country of origin.

Dossier - Pronounced “doss-ee-ay.” 
A collection of approximately 13 documents 
submitted to the CCAA for 
permission to adopt a child from China.

DTC (Dossier To China) - 
The date your dossier is sent to China. 
It takes approximately 3 business days 
for your dossier to reach China.

LID (Log In Date) - 
The date your dossier is officially translated 
and logged in at the CCAA. 

Travel Approval (TA) – 
The official invitation from the CCAA to 
travel to China to receive your child. 
Insert: SQUEAL!!!

“The brown envelope” – 

Once you are logged in with the CCAA 
and the U.S. Consulate has been notified 
of your approval to adopt from China by CIS, 
you will receive your brown envelope. 
The brown envelope contains paperwork 
which you will take to China 
and complete while you are there.

Consulate appointment – 
Once you have received your travel approval, 
you will be able to apply for your appointment at 
the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou. 

Provincial City – 
The capital city of the province where 
your child’s orphanage is located. 
You will spend approximately 5 days 
in the provincial city.

Guangzhou (GZ) - 
The location of the U.S. Consulate in China. 
Everyone who adopts a child from China will spend 
the last half of their trip in Guangzhou. 
It is also the location of the White Swan Hotel.

Please note:
This list was composed with the help of 
Lifeline Children's Services adoption manual. 
The agency with the burden of helping me
through this process. ;)

Now all you adoption graduates out there,

I'm asking you to please share your wisdom.
What's your favorite, or least favorite adoption term??

Thanks for playing along!
God's blessings on your day,
The Mama educated w-a-y beyond her intelligence. :D


Tara Anderson said...

Based on this list, I would have to say that "Provincial City" is my favorite because that's when it really hit me that this thing was for real! Landing in Zhengzhou was THE moment for me. :)

The Sanders said...

I like travel approval because it means that you are on your way!!!

Sunny said...

TRAVEL far my favorite adoption related term!