I have figured out a simple way to explain to people about this adoption process to people who ask and then explain the stage we are at.
First we found our sweetie
Second we ask China permission to adopt her
Third we ask the US if we can bring her into this country
Forth we ask China permission to travel and adopt her
Ofcourse this has been very simplified but I think it kind of explains the process, for China any way.
Each of these steps can take several weeks or months. After 5 months we are still at step 3. Our paper work has been in a lock box at USCIS(formally homeland security) since August 24. I called (again) today and we have finally been assigned a review officer, her message said "she can not answer her phone right now...." Do you think that perhaps she could be reviewing our file right now? Could be... I will keep you posted.