China Program Update for August – New Referrals Arrive!
August 24, 2009

Families Receive Referrals- CCAA confirms cut-off date

America World would like to congratulate families receiving referrals on Friday, August 21st! America World received 7 healthy referrals on Friday and the little girls were all located in the Jiangxi Province, ranging from 6-10 months of age. One family receiving their referral were expedited due to Chinese heritage. This family waited 28 months from LID.

Families receiving referrals were logged in at the CCAA on 3/24/2006 (AWAA Group 255) and waited 41 months from their Log in Date (LID) for their referrals.  America World’s next group waiting to receive a referral have a LID of 3/27/2006.

The CCAA matched 2 days of LID’s for August referrals. (3/23/2006-3/24/2006). The CCAA continues to process an average of 2-6 dates each month. The matching is based upon how many paper-ready referrals that the CCAA has available, that are ready to be matched with families from around the world who are logged in on specific dates that the CCAA has chosen to match for that month.

Who is Next To be Matched at America World?

America World’s next group to be matched have a LID of  3/27/06. America World has the following March 2006 LID’s that have not yet been matched by the CCAA:

• March 27, 2006
• March 28, 2006

Please note that while the above dates represent the LID’s for AWAA families, there are other families from other agencies around the world who are logged in on other dates throughout the month of March. The CCAA issues LID’s to agencies throughout the entire month as agencies send their dossiers to the CCAA.

Where is the CCAA in the Dossier Review Process?

The CCAA has recently finished the review of dossiers and paperwork registered with their office in July and August of 2007. We have noticed that the CCAA appears to be reviewing more months of dossiers in a shorter amount of time. The timeframe for the dossier review process will vary as it is based upon the number of dossiers that are logged in during the particular month that is currently under review.

Because the CCAA has completed the August 2007 dossier review, it is likely that the CCAA is currently reviewing dossiers for September of 2007, though the CCAA does not report to agencies which month(s) they are currently reviewing.

What is the Current Wait Time?

The current wait from LID to referral is 41-42 months at all agencies and increasing. This represents the wait time for families who just received a referral in August (waited 41 months) and who could potentially receive a referral next month.  Families who may receive a referral in September, will have waited 42 months from LID to referral. The wait time is calculated from the Log in Date when a dossier is sent to China, to the date that the referral is received. For families with LID dates after March 24, 2006, the wait time trend continues to increase half a month to a full month each month.
The current estimated wait time for families who are expedited due to Chinese heritage is estimated to be 28-32 months from LID.

No one can accurately predict how long the China wait time will become or when it may start to decrease due to a large number of unknown factors, such as the following:

• the number of infants that will be available for adoption and paper ready within the upcoming year
• the number of domestic adoptions that will occur within China this year
• the number of families from around the world who have login dates between the last referral LID and today
• the number of families who will withdraw from the China adoption process due to the increased wait time
• the number of families who will adopt special needs children and will no longer have their dossier waiting in the non-special needs line
• the number of families who will switch programs during their process and no longer adopt from China

Families are encouraged to calculate their wait time as a projected estimation, knowing there is no way to predict the actual wait time for each family. The wait time changes as it is based on the number of LID’s from around the world and the number of referrals that are paper-ready each month. America World will continue to report monthly wait time trends. Families should continue to anticipate a long wait for a healthy referral.

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