We finally hit this MAJOR milestone in our adoption story! On Friday, January 11, 2013, all of our paperwork was done, translated, put together and sent to China. This means that we will be able to be "matched" with a child that is "LID only." LID is Log In Date. This is the date that China receives your paperwork and puts it into their system. This allows us to be matched with a child that is younger. When babies are first put into the system, they are only allowed to be matched with families that have an LID for the first month. Many of the babies with less severe special needs are actually adopted in this period, but if not they move on to other lists where people not quite as far through the process are able to "lock" the file.
So now we wait. We wait for the agency to find our baby and send us her file. We will have 72 hours to evaluate her file and decide if she's the one for us. If we do not feel that the first file is the right match, we can say no and then we would just have to wait until the next time files are released and/or they find a baby they feel would be a good fit.
The agency has told us that it could be up to 6 months before we are matched. But they've also told us that there are about 200 families on "the list" at a time. And since we've been on "the list" 151 families have been matched with children. My guess would be that it will be sometime in the next 3 months.