Okay....just got an email and I think our NVC was approved and we're now ready to get our article 5!!! With the new Hague rules there are a few more steps than when we adopted Zoe.
NVC- (National Visa Center) : within 1-3 business days, the NVC will "cable" (basically emailing/sending electronically) your file to the US Embassy in Guangzhou, China. This is approval of your visa petition.
Here's a re-cap (I think this is right) of what we have left:
Article 5: If the consular officer approves the application, he'll send the convention country's Central Authority - it oversees adoptions in the country - an Article 5 Letter, stating that you're a suitable adoptive parent and that the child will be able to enter and reside permanently in the US. You cannot adopt a child without the article 5 letter. after that........
TA (travel approval): We then get approved to travel and things should really start happening fast. Once we get TA, we will probably travel in about 2 weeks (or less?!!?!?). after that......
CA (Consulate appointment): this will be about a month after TA and it's our last thing we do in China before leaving for home.
So that's it in a nutshell....things are moving along and our little sideline "to do" list is slowly dwindling and heading to the "ta done" list!