As we journey through the adoption process we’ll document here the different steps as they happened.
- We decide to pursue adoption, we’re excited to see God giving us the peace to move forward after years of thinking and praying about adoption.
- We begin our home study, a requirement of the government of Ontario.
- We begin the PRIDE course which is required by the government of Ontario.
- We meet with an adoption agency that is willing to seek a one-time adoption license for Guinea.
- We complete the PRIDE course.
- We have our second home study meeting.
- Completed homestudy application.
- Make the decision to adopt from Haiti and stop pursuing adopting from Guinea.
- We decide that we are open to adopting a sibling group; either girl/girl or girl/boy.
- We submit our preliminary application to our adoption agency.
- We have our final home study meeting.
- Begin working on our dossier, which is our adoption file that will go to Haiti.
- Dossier is complete! Sent to our agency for translation, legalization, etc.
- We find out that our agency misplaced our home study and forgot to send it into the government of Ontario for approval.
- Receive word that we need to provide further documentation for home study approval.
- Receive list of expired documents that need to be updated.
- Celebrate our one year anniversary of announcing our adoption plans.
- Finally approved by Ontario to adopt.
- Find out we will be required to follow the “18 month rule” which will make the ages of children we can adopt very difficult to find a match. Read more about this rule here.
- Dossier translation completed and sent to the Haitian embassy for legalization.
- Dossier arrives in Haiti!