- Home study with current criminal record check
- Letter of Approval from the local agency (letter of approval from province only comes after I have accepted the proposal of a child)
- medical reports (notarized copy of the basic one done by my GP on registering with local agency, I have to have a medical in my country on my first trip)
- notarized copy of my passport
- the infamous Form A, signed in front of a lawyer
- two character references (I sent three for good measure)
- marriage certificate (if applicable)
For good measure I also sent the agency a letter from my bank and a letter from my employer. Whether Ontario uses them or not I will leave that up to them but I had them from when I started my dossier for Honduras so included them. I figured as a single applicant they helped prove that I am able to support and care for a child financially. As a teacher and a person who likes to be in control, that seems to be something a lot of us bloggers have in common, I had made photocopies for my agency. Then when given the choice to send it myself or leave it with them, I opted to send it on my way home. I came home and wrote a quick note to the lady in Ontario and then went up to the post office.
|My local post office at Shoppers Drug Mart|
|My dossier in a padded envelope|
|Worried the dossier would get bent, I put the padded envelope in a cardboard priority envelope! |
What now all those of you following my blog and not in the adoption process yourself?
My dossier has to be approved by the agency in Toronto, attested by my country's consulate and then sent to my country. Luckily there is no translation needed, so this saves both time and money. The tme frame on this next step, I'm not sure of. I am leaving the "ticker" ticking, until my Ontario agency tells me it has arrived in my country. Once the country receives it, then I can look forward to hearing that it is in line for court and then hopefully be given a travel date for the first trip.
Needless to say, happy and thrilled, I stopped off at the liquor store on my way home and bought a nice bottle of white wine. I never drink wine with dinner, unless I at home with my family in Victoria, but figured today's events were cause for celebration. FYI: I don't like to drink points, I prefer to eat them. I chilled it in the freezer and then enjoyed a lovely glass of wine with my dinner of trout, green beans and carrots. No carbs because I then had a Rogers' cream heart, vanilla flavour. If you are ever in Victoria, you've got to stop at the main Rogers' Chocolate store on Government Street. You'll go home with a lot of chocolate!
|This isn't the vanilla one, it's the chocolate one I have left! That is unless I decide to share it.|
Excuse the mess on the table, the photo wasn't what you could call staged!