Here is everything I know! I'll just paste the letter from the agency. This is in response to my question: "Do you think I should begin preparing to be away from my children for Christmas?" They know my situation - of daddy being gone, and none of the kids coming with me - already....so this was their very nice, but not so informative response!!! ha ha ha....In the defense of the ladies in the Travel Department at our agency - they truly just don't know! Her answer was exactly what i was looking for - scenarios for all possibilties. Read on!!! :)
Hello from the Travel Department! Pam asked that I get in touch with you regarding the travel timeframe and when it is likely that you will be picking up your sweet little one. We definitely understand the difficulty with planning to leave for China, let alone planning to do this during the holiday season while leaving other children at home and a husband is away! At this point we are still hoping for families to leave during either the 1st or 2nd week of December. If you left during the 1st week then you would be home before Christmas, however, if you left during the 2nd week then you would likely just be coming home on Christmas day. Really, it is still uncertain as to whether or not it will be the 1st week. All of this is dependent on when we receive the Travel Approvals from the CCAA. If we don’t receive the Travel Approval until next week, then it is likely that your travel will be pushed off until the 2nd week of December. As far as planning goes, I think we will have a better idea of what is realistic as soon as the Travel Approval arrives. Hopefully we will have a more accurate estimate soon. We will definitely keep you posted with any information that we have. Hang in there and we will be in touch soon.