This is a post that will be updated from time to time which will detail the steps as we get closer to adopting "Little Maple".
Early January, 2006 Contacted S.W. and set up a date to start homestudy.
February 1, 2006 First meeting with S.W. at her office.
February 2, 2006 Sent in application to adoption agency, S.W. recommends that we get a three-year membership.
February 21, 2006 VERY busy day:
1. Medicals for both of us.
2. Police checks, first the RCMP where we got fingerprinted, then the local police check (where we find out that S.W. gave us an outdated form and have to reschedule this. I ended up calling the S.W. from the police station and asked her to bring a new form when we meet her the next day).
3. Appointment with lawyer to arrange our wills.
February 22, 2006 Second meeting with S.W. at our apartment. (She failed to remember the form and called us 10 minutes before our meeting to say that she was on her way to the police station to get it).
February 27, 2006 Local police check (with proper form). :P
March 8, 2006 Sent in Retainer and fee to C.B.
March 10, 2006 E-mail from C.B. confirming that this was received.
March 11, 2006 Attended all day seminar held by Sofie Stergianis which I highly recommend.
March 19, 2006 Seminar with C.B. in Cambridge (we ended up getting lost).
March 22, 2006 Final meeting with S.W. at our apartment where she promises to have homestudy completed by April 22.
April 8, 2006 All day seminar held by S.W.
May 4, 2006 Attend first of six (weekly) Adoptalk seminars held by C.B.
May 6, 2006 Get very rough draft of our homestudy (which we then spend several hours correcting errors). We asked her to send us a signed copy of our homestudy, and to notify us when it gets sent in to C.B.
May 18, 2006 E-mail from C.B. that they received our homestudy and it was being sent on to the Ministry for approval. We are told it should take anywhere from 10-12 weeks (ends up taking exactly nine weeks).
June 4, 2006 Attend "Grandparents Day" held by C.B.
July 21, 2006 Receive call from C.B. that our Ministry approval is in and we can finish putting together our dossier.
July 25, 2006 Completed all documentation for dossier and sent in to C.B. and sent in all required cheques.
July 26, 2006 E-mail from C.B. to let us know that everything is in order and our documentation is being sent out for translation. We are told that this process takes about 4-5 weeks (ends up taking exactly three weeks). We were also told to be prepared for an 18 month timeframe until referral.
August 16, 2006 Found out at 11:00am that we're DTC today! We are told that it might take up to three months to get our LID.
August 23, 2006 Got an email this morning with our group member's names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
October 16, 2006 Found out this afternoon that our LID is September 13!
November 29, 2007 Passed the review room!
December 10, 2007 Met with new social worker so he could do the update letter for our adoption.
December 12, 2007 Did our York Region Police check.
December 15, 2007 Had our home visit.
December 19, 2007 Medical checkups for both of us.
January 31, 2008 Update letter complete.
February 11, 2008 Submitted update to CB.
February 25, 2008 Letter of Approval arrives and is valid until February 25 2010.
March 1, 2010 Contacted new social worker.
March 6, 2010 Did our York Region police check - completed while we waited.
April 1, 2010 Met with our social worker.
April 6, 2010 Update letter complete.
April 13, 2010 Submitted update to CB.
June 1, 2010 Letter of Approval arrives and is valid until May 20, 2012.
November 29, 2010 Submitted Part 1 of Citizenship paperwork.