The process for adopting internationally has a plethora of acronyms and unique terms to describe different stages, actions, and processes of the adoption process.
We have provided some of the most common terms listed below.
- Paper Chase – working hard on all the paperwork.
- Dossier – the collection of paperwork that is sent to China.
- CCCWA – China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption.
- DTC – Dossier To China, when the dossier has arrived in China.
- Paper Pregnant – What the mother is considered after the DTC.
- LID – Log-in Date for the Dossier into the CCCWA system.
- LOI – Letter of Intent letter written to oficially request your specific child
- Waiting Family – What the family is considered after the log in date.
- Referral – When the child is matched to the waiting family.
- SWI – Social Welfare Institute, AKA orphanage
- Embassy Appointment – Appointment at U.S. consulate in Guangzhou, China to get child’s American entrance visa
- CA – Consulate appointment, same as embassy Appt.
- TA – travel approval for traveling to China to go get child.
- Forever Family – Adoptive family.
- FCC – Families with Children from China.
- Province – The “state” in which the adoptive child is believed to be born.
- White Swan – The hotel where most adoptive families stay while in Guangzhou, China.
- USCIS – United States Customs and Immigration Service.
- I-800 – Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative.
- I-800A – Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition.
- I-797 – US federal approval to adopt foreign-born child.
- WC – Waiting Child.
- NSN – Non-Special Needs.
- SN – Special Needs.
- CL/CP – Cleft Lip/Cleft Pallet.
- Review Room – documents are reviewed in CCCWA about half way thru the wait.
- Matching Room – where matching occurs.
- Gotcha Day (Forever Day)-The day that Adoptive Parents are united with their child, in China.
- Adoption Day – The day after Gotcha Day.
A common conversation or email might go like this: “I’m about finished with my paper chase. I’m hoping to be DTC in a couple of weeks and think I’ll get my LID about two weeks later. I hope the wait for my referral doesn’t get any longer.”
Hopefully this will help you should we start speaking “adoptionees.”