Thursday, March 27, 2008

Just to clarify!

After being asked by several friends how we plan to hide our baby for 6 months, I realized that I needed to return to our blog to clarify our previous post and explain the adoption process in Ontario...

On March 11, 2008 Grant and I finally received the official signature of approval to be able to adopt. We submitted our profile album to the adoption worker, which will be presented to birth parents and now, we just wait for a successful match! We have been asked not to post about the matching process on our blog to protect the identity of the birth families we meet. And once there is a successful match there are 3 big dates we have to be aware of...although we will be able to bring our baby home directly from the hospital, the birthparents cannot sign the adoption papers until the baby is 8 days old and then they have 21 days to change their mind. The adoption isn't finalized through the courts until after the baby has been in our care for 6 months...We've been advised to wait until the adoption is finalized before we make pubic newspaper announcements, post on our blog, etc. etc. We do not intend to go into hiding for 6 months though. We will communicate the arrival of our newest family member face-to-face, by phone, via email and word of mouth. To us, the child we have in our home will be our son/daughter and we hope to be able to live our life as any new parent, snapping pictures and bragging about him/her to our family and friends - we just have to honour the legal system and right to privacy for the birth parent(s) and their family.

1 comment:

Adele said...

No news at all yet about the adoption? We're still waiting with baited breath to hear some news about you. God bless you! Adele and family.