I was looking into registering for AdopTalk – a 2 day adoption seminar on adoption run through our agency (kinda like PRIDE, but more focused on adoption and travel) – but the closest session is in October in Toronto.  And anyone who knows me, knows I am a paranoid psycho passenger when driving on the 401 – I’m sure other drivers are out to hit us… I’m working on it…           So I enquired about a session closer to Kitchener or London (there was one in London this past spring).  Just checked my e-mail – there might be one this Spring – but… because of our anticipated travel / referral time line we really should do the GTA training this Fall!!  So… to me that sounds like they think we will be getting our baby in Spring 2009!  That is kinda what I was thinking… but it is nice hearing it from our agency.

So off to Cleveland tomorrow – wish me luck on the highways!  Or should I say wish Matt luck…


They aren’t kidding when you hear that the waiting in adoption is the hardest part.  Realistically we have flown through this process so far – homestudy and PRIDE within just over a month, immigration work sent away… but now is the wait. 

  • We are hoping to hear from the MCYS soon about – when our Homestudy was submitted, it was taking 6 weeks for things to be processed – we are at 4.5 weeks.  
  • The immigration paperwork takes about 3 weeks to process- we are at just over 1.  From CIC, we need a Client Number and ID. 
  • Once that has been received, Children’s Bridge can apply from MCYS for a Letter of No Objection and Approval for a proposed placement.  That takes about 2 weeks. 
  • After that… our package is sent to South Korea.  From there, the referral time period has been about 6-8 months… (although I hear that referrals have been made within 4 months…)
  • Once a referral is received, travel time is 8-14 weeks

So – waiting.

How do you fill the time?  There has been some discussion on this topic on one of the Children’s Bridge message board.  Some ideas posted include:

  • prepare a nursery (I’ve been polling my friends on the practicality / safety of bumper pads)
  • learn conversational Korean
  • Try some Korean recipes / restaurants
  • General household maintenance
  • Attend AdopTalk
  • Read adoption books
  • Read parenting books

Does anyone else have any suggestions?  We still have a long wait a head of us…