I knew today wasn't going to be good when I saw my coffee cake was pissed off this morning. I guess someone was trying to clue me in to the CCAA web-site update of a measly five days worth of LID's!
(This is not really my photo, but I thought it was just perfect for today.)
Five days worth of files matched up over the past month. I have some really choice words for how I feel about this, but want to keep it clean.
Referrals are creeping along so slowly that I can't help but wonder if they are grinding to a halt. The rumors of no referrals being issued around the Olympics is really starting to scare me and the low number of referrals just seems to support them winding down.
There is absolutely no reason I can imagine to cause this kind of slow down. It is quite obvious to me that China has made a conscious decision to drastically reduce the number of children leaving China. I'm assuming they feel it looks bad to be referring out large numbers of children while the spotlight is on them during the Olympics, but good God, that's still eight months away!
If this is going to be the pace for the next eight months, they would only get through January 29th LID's by August referrals (40 calendar days). We are 60 calendar days away, so that would be a December referral. This is based on five days per month and assuming they don't actually stop issuing referrals for the Olympics.
The very idea of being only 60 calendar days away from a referral and having the very real possibility of this actually taking another year makes me physically sick. I feel our dream of a 2008 referral slipping away, and I was SO hopeful about the new year until reality slapped me in the face this morning.