At the beginning of October we tried to send Mark's birth certificate to the Chinese Embassy again for authentication. Needless to say it was once again rejected. They say they still have not gotten necessary information and the State Dept. says they have done everything they can do. Our wonderful agency contacted some other agency's and we think we have come up with a possible solution. After MUCH discussion we decided to send an authenticated copy of Mark's passport with an authenticated letter explaining our situation and the reason that we are unable to provide this birth certificate. Basically we respectfully asked that they please accept the passport as proof of Mark's citizenship instead of a birth certificate. It seems that this has worked for some other agency's that had problems getting documents in the past (couldn't find anyone that had tried it with our specific issue though). So we were officially Dossier to China on Friday 10/28/11, which means that all of our paperwork is on it's way to China. We are hoping to get our LID (Log in Date) sometime in the next week. If we get a LID, then that means they are accepting our paperwork as it is. If they don't accept it then we should at least hear back from them with a rejection. Keeping our fingers crossed that this works, because if it doesn't then we are truly stuck. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear anything.