Thursday, June 25, 2009

So, I Called and Would You Believe, I Got Answers!

So, I did some calling to our province's Central Office and would you believe it! They called me back and answered all of my questions :D

Basically, they told me that our Provincial Approval does expire after 2 years here where I live...BUT because Ethiopia does not have an expiry time we are good to go...even if a proposal came in for us after the Sept. 11 date they would still give us the referral.

Now, for their own records they will want us to meet with our SW to go over if anything has changed for us over the last 2 years i.e. health, jobs security, our living situation, our marital situation, have we had any children in the last couple of years etc. etc. But we will do that in the fall IF we don't have a referral yet....if we have a referral before then (please let us have a referral by then) then we don't update anything!

Oh and yeah, we went ahead and got Dr's notes already - it is summer and all and Dr's appt. are hard to come by at the best of times.

I think we will go ahead and get C-PICS (local police checks)done too just because I like to be organized like that! (I had 5 copies of our dossier ready for our SW when we first handed it in - she looked at me like 1.) I was a bit whacky 2.) Relieved as she said I saved her 2 hours of work which is why we got our Provincial Approval the same day)

Things have not changed - we still have the same jobs, still live in the same house, have no children (of the human variety that is), are healthy and can you believe that after almost 20 months of waiting and the last oh - 4 months of me sobbing incessantly we are not divorced.

Yahoo for us!

They also told me that they are centralizing all Intercountry Adoption to our capitol city this September. They will now have 2 dedicated SWs who work only on Intercountry Adoption....all stuff will be dealt with in one office and referrals will be emailed, faxed etc if you don't live in the same city. (Please note this could all change - it is the government we are talking about here)

One thing that might not be so good is the application for adoption has gotten longer and more detailed...which is good I suppose since the application we filled out 2 years ago was one double sided page...or bad because once again adoptive parents get put thru the ringer...I see both sides of it.

They were thinking that parents who have been thru Intercountry Adoption wouldn't have to jump thru quite all the hoops as they have been thru it already.

So, feeling better about all of that!

Thanks to all of you for your encouragement and support! I really needed to know that my instinct to call and call and call again were right!

You all ROCK!!!

Now, the only other thing remaining to make me truly not worried any more and completely happy is......


CinnamonOpus said...


It's... a tasty cold adult beverage?

A call from me?

Hold on, I am so close here, I KNOW it...

Nope. I got nuthin.


Rachella said...

I will continue to do my "Naked Voodoo Dance" for you!

Darrell and Jess said...

harassing does have its benefits on occasion! and I would say a big yahoo to you & yvan as well! (well to yvan as we both know he's not the emotional one! speaking from experience here of course...)

Rhonda, Kristin, Eden said...

Oh good, at least that's a relief to know! Sometimes, you just have to take matters into your own hands to get anywhere.

And you will have a referral before FALL. End of sory. End of discussion.

Rhonda, Kristin, Eden said...

Supposed to say...

end of STORY.


dacops said...

Good Job! I am so glad you got answers. Even if things change and you need an updated provincial letter for court you will be organized and there will be no hold up.

I am looking forward to an emailed proposal. I wonder how that will work. Actually I don't care I just want a proposal!

I am glad that the staff works in the summer in Ethiopia.

We will continue to wait and hope!

Take care Andrea

Venessa said...


So glad you were able to get some answers, and that you won't have to re-do EVERYTHING come the fall.

But, of course, you WILL have your referral by then! *crosses fingers*! I'm sure you can't handle much more sobbing. Aw!

D Dae said...

See it pays to be a pest!!!!

Glad you got some answers, and I agree with Rhonda, you better not need to do that update! No question!

Rana and Yvan said...

Uh well, Cinn and tasty adult beverage AND a phone call from you would make me happy :)

Tracey said...

Good for you Rana!
Thanks for the supportive words on my blog, I appreciate them.
Big hugs,

Claudia said...

YAY! That's great - really glad they gave you answers :)

june said...

That's pretty good! In MB it's only good for one year... and you have to update everything... bleh. Maybe I should reconsider that moving-to-Saskatchewan thing. :)

Carolyn said...

Glad that you got the info that you needed and wanted- it is such a surprise when something actually goes well in the process- we are not used to that are we?


haze said...

Good on ya, Rana.

Natalie and Chris said...

Glad to hear you got some answers. All we need now is for you to reach the light at the end of the tunnel. Still praying for you and your referral...
Keep smiling.

PS. so sorry I haven't called lately i've been crazy busy and will be gone all of july so maybe i'll get 5 min next week to chat.

emily and mike said...

Referral by fall, referral by fall, referral by fall!!!!!
Please God.

I'm chanting this for you.