October 21, 2002 Update
Rumor Central: In the last few days, some people have been told by their adoption agencies that the next batch of referrals will probably come during the first week of November with a possibility they could come as early as next week (Halloween week).
Usually, fairly accurate rumors come out a few days before each batch of referrals arrive in the U.S. because China informs adoption agencies when they place referrals in the mail. Some adoption agencies, in turn, inform their clients. The clients, in turn, relay the news onto newsgroups on the Internet (which many of us participate in). Referrals usually show up at the adoption agencies 2 to 3 days after they are mailed from China. Those “referrals are in the mail” rumors have yet to appear.