Soulmate and I just got a call from Kathryn at our adoption agency: we've been given a referral from the official Chinese Adoption Service, so we're going to be new parents soon!
We are pleased to announce that we have received a referral from China to adopt a baby girl, Katherine Grace Cragle (her Chinese name is Guo Jiang Zhu), DOB July 1, 2007, from Beiliu City in Guangxi province. We will get the official adoption paperwork on Tuesday, which will have some photos, so I'll share them then. Our best guess is that we will leave for a 2 week stay in China around the end of June. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers during this long wait. We are very excited to be new parents!
Here is a Google map with a placemarker on Beiliu City. It is about 200 miles east of Guangzhou (Canton), where the U.S. Consulate is. We will spend one week in Beiliu City, bonding with Katie and filling out orphanage paperwork, and then another week in Guangzhou to do the U.S. paperwork and meet with the ambassador and/or his staff. Once that is completed, we can fly home knowing our daughter is already a U.S. citizen. More to come...
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