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…