This past month has been such a blur I haven’t had a chance to update everyone on what’s happening on the adoption front.
On August 5th, we had been home with Alex for 6 months! That night we had our final meeting with our adoption practitioner. Everything went well and we even spoke with her about having her do our homestudy update for adoption #2. After the meeting, our AP sent in the “ROACH” report to the Children’s Bridge who then sends it to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The ROACH is the “Report of the Adjustment of the Child in the Home”. Once the report is reviewed and approved by an adoption officer and everything is in order, the Ministry will send an approval report to our agency. At that time a Director’s Statement of Adoption is also sent.
Once the Director’s Statement of Adoption is recieved, our agency’s lawyer will prepare an application to have the adoption finalized in our local court. The court hearing usually happens between 9 and 12 months of placement (on Saturday we will be 7 months – can you believe it?!). We have requested to attend court for the official finalization if it is possible.
After that all happens, we will be able to apply for a birth certificate, a social security number, and then finally a passport.
Then we can start everything all over again for Alex’s little brother or sister! Phew!