The following I got from a link to, I think it was the joint counsil, from our adoption agency today. I have no idea where we are in the 1,728 dossiers filed in Vietnam, but our dossier was finally translated and registered in Vietnam back around the first part of March. That means we have been registered almost 5 months! Although our agency stopped taking dossiers for Vietnam back in April, apparently other agencies were actually allowed to file up until July 1st. Oh how I hope we will be in the top 780. And if we do get a referral in the next few months it will be about 6-12 months sooner than predicted. I am ready mentally, although financially, well, I will have to depend on God to take care of the worry about that as it comes. I spared you the whole article, which reads "blah blah blah blah" but later on in the article, it did state that they're trying to process in 2 months, what usually is processed over a years' time, will probably cause some snags and backloggs, which probably means that travel time may be farther off than it normally is. Who knows, when they told us travel time from referral to going to pick up the baby, it was 1-7 months, depending on the orphanage.
"It is also our understanding that as of July 1, 2008, approximately 1,728 dossiers were filed by American prospective adoptive parents with the DIA. The DIA estimates that approximately 780 of the 1,728 dossiers will receive formal referrals by September 1, 2008. The approximately 950 dossiers that are not processed and matched by September 1, 2008, will be returned to the appropriate adoption service provider.
The 780 prospective adoptive parents who may receive a referral prior to September 1, 2008, represent virtually the same number of referrals issued and processed in Vietnam across all of calendar year 2007. Joint Council extends it appreciation to the Vietnamese DIA for its commitment to finding families for the orphans of Vietnam and its intention to issue close to 800 referrals in a 2-month period. This effort on the part of the DIA will certainly benefit these children who are in need of permanent, safe and loving families."