Bringing Kennedy Home

Feelings, thoughts and other tidbits along the way to adopting our daughter from China.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Scrapbooking Fun!

This is a little video clip that Marvin took the night my mom, my Aunt Rose, and my sisters Amy and Kim came over to scrapbook. You'll notice my Aunt Rose accuses me of not working hard enough...

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Just got this e-mail, thought I'd share

It's ironic that I just got this e-mail an hour after writing the last post. It's not good news, for sure. I mean, we'll still get there, just later rather than sooner. Now I'm starting to think, will Kennedy be home for Christmas?

This message has been sent to families in the process of adopting from China.

As everyone who has called, who listens in on China adoption chat groups, or who is watching the CCAA website knows, the wait times from login date to child proposal has been steadily increasing. With the child proposals that CCAA will issue at the beginning of April, the wait time will have increased to 11 months.

The April proposals that are about to come will be for dossiers with login dates a few days after May 26 -- the child proposals will not reach into June.

The difficulty that CCAA faces is that last year there was a huge increase in the rate at which applications were submitted -- the rate apparently peaked in Spring 2005. The monthly submission rate last Spring exceeded the monthly rate at which paper-ready children are now coming into the system. Hence a queue is building just outside the matching room even though the number of children being matched each month remains more or less constant.

This phenomenon happened about 6 years ago. At the time, LID-to-referral was reasonably fast as 7 to 8 months. This quick track time attracted a larger number of applicants than CCAA had children in the program. Wait times increased a year later to 13 - 14 months. To get back to a balance between applications and paper-ready children, CCAA imposed a limit on the number of applications that agencies could submit (Canadian agencies were spared but others including the US agencies were restricted) and at the same time, the long wait times discouraged many families from applying to China. The submission rate dropped and about two years later, CCAA was able to clear the backlog and remove the agency submission quotas. Everyone saw wait times decreasing. Eventually they dropped to about six months which was the situation for about a year and a half up to last Summer. The short wait times attracted more families to the program which led to the high submission rate last year.

It has taken CCAA three months to clear May 2005 dossiers and we expect it is likely that it will take something like that for June dossiers -- perhaps, May, June, and July. If this happens, the wait time will have increased to 13 months. Without quantitative information, it is very hard to guess how long it will take for CCAA to move through the July, August 2005 and later LID dossiers. In any case, we expect that the wait time will be a minimum of 14 months and very likely longer.for families whose dossiers were either submitted recently or will be submitted in the next few months.

In summary, the discouraging news is that wait times are long, are increasing, and will continue to increase at least for next few months. However, the rumours that CCAA is /deliberately slowing down/ placing fewer children/ preparing to cancel the program/ because of /political reasons/ the 2008 Olympic games/ embarrassment/ are built on speculations.


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1301-131 Wurtemburg St
Ottawa, ON K1N 1J2
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Fax: (613)789-9052

The Wait

Hi everyone. As of Friday, March 31, we will officially be logged in at the China Centre of Adoption Affairs for 7 months. Now, I know it's no use to go back over it all and think of what could have been but it's kind of hard not to. Initially, we were told we should get our referral by the end of February and be travelling by April! Wow we'd be so close now. However, things have slowed down, as they do in international adoption. MANY people ask me why things have slowed, what's taking them so long. Here's my explanation, from my research and from talking with other families who have searched out answers.
1. Many other countries have closed their doors to international adoption for one reason or another. Therefore, many families are now choosing China.
2. Because so many people are choosing China and there are only so many "paper-ready" babies, there is a backlog being created.
3. Some suggest that a quota has been imposed and only a certain number of children can be adopted from China yearly.
4. The province of Hunan had one orphanage charged with baby trafficking. Bad publicity=slow down.
5. International adoption timelines seem to generally take this pattern. Things speed up, things slow down, things speed up again.
There is just no simple answer to the wait. I have many friends that have LID's after us and I know they will be waiting longer. For us, I feel like it's near...My projection (based on nothing really, other than hope) is that we will travel by October. We had hoped so much for Kennedy to be here for August when Lori, our neice, gets married and all the family is here. Not likely that will happen now.
So the wait continues. As usual, I'll keep y'all posted.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

If you've got time

Now this is an amazing story if I ever heard one. If you want the fast version, just scroll down a little bit and you'll see a little boy with his infant twin brothers. These folks have a 4 year old, and after many failed pregnancies, decided on international adoption to grow their family. So they sent off their file and were waiting like everyone does when they find out they're pregnant...for twins. So the twins were born a few weeks ago and they are doing well. Now they continue to wait for their referral for their daughter in China. They will travel about a month after us, so maybe Nov/Dec. So that means they'll have twins that are about 8 months, a big brother 5ish and their new daughter probably around 1 year old. Amazing. Some people asked them if they were still going to China after becoming pregnant with the twins. You see, sending your file off to China is just like being pregnant in the sense that you are expecting that specific child to come into your life. So ofcourse they are continuing on the path that has been laid out for them. This one will be worth following. Just click on the highlighted link above and read it for yourself.

A trip to Charlottetown

A few weeks ago, Mom, Kim, Amy(my sisters) and I went to Charlottetown to visit with my Uncle Pete and cousins Donna, Bev, Terri and Katie. Bev and Terri were home from Alberta for a week, so we made a special trip down to see them. Every time we get together it's like a trip down memory lane. We laugh and we cry when we look back over the years. My mom's sister Sylvia was married to Uncle Pete. She passed away several years ago. We spent a lot of time at their house growing up. Every other weekend, we'd be packing up the car and heading to Charlottetown. My Aunt Sylvia would be waiting for us at the front door. Seems like so long ago...

March break is officially over

A few of us from work decided to get together for a night out(We're the crew who are left behind after the lucky ones left for hot, sunny destinations). I think I can say much fun was had by all. Munchies and a "few" drinks and lots of laughs. These folks are some of our biggest supporters when it comes to our adoption. They listen to me talk about all things Kennedy and they all know how excited we are for this to happen.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Good News

Hi everyone! Well, finally a little bit of good news. This is fact, not rumor as many of my previous reports were. We are offically out of the "review room" and into the "matching room". The CCAA reports this on their official website. So what this means is they have reviewed our file and are now in the process of matching us with our girl! Now to keep this in perspective, June and July have not received their referrals (pic and info) yet, so we'll get in line behind them. But this is progress of some kind, so that's good. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Who's Your Daddy?

This is our niece Kiana. At the recent family get together she was wearing this shirt. In case you can't read it, it says "My Daddy is Handsome". Her daddy also asks the mirror every morning, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the prettiest of them all? And he swears the mirror answers, "Your are Donnie, you are". Now we'll find out if Donnie is reading the blog!!!

Walk the Line...

What did everyone think of Chris Daughtry's (I think that's his name)version of Walk the Line on American Idol? I was impressed. I think he and Mendisa (sp?) are by far the best. Care to share your opinion...? A little off topic from the regular stuff, but hey, it's March Break and I'm kickin' back. ;)

Ladybugs, Ladybugs

I now have the kids in my class thinking about ladybugs as much as I do. We made these little ladybugs (it's actually a lesson in a book in our science program) and the kids just loved it! There are also many teachers who are on the ladybug alert. Mme. Stewart sent her student to my class with a live ladybug a couple of weeks ago. He found it on his school bag. I think I half terrified him because I shrieked and told him he was going to have lots of good luck. He just smiled and looked at me like "she's lost her mind". Funny. Ladybugs, ladybugs, I just can't get enough of them.

Quilt Progress!

The quilt is coming along wonderfully! Leah is a master at this...I just do as she says. So far, with two Monday nights in, we've made great progress. My goal was merely to have all the squares sewn together to make some sort of blanket that "looked nice". Leah already has it looking like a work of art. Thank you so much Leah! By the way folks, if you don't see your square in the picture, don't worry. We still have many more to sew together. And...if you read this and haven't sent a square and would like to, please e-mail me and let me know ASAP. We'll save you a spot if we know there's a square coming.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Word Web

This is a word web made from the many entries into my blog. If you'd like to know how to do this yourself, go to
March break is here. Yay! Finally some extra time to work on my blog. Stay tuned. More to follow.

Friday, March 10, 2006


So nice to have report cards and interviews over. With any luck, that will be my last set of interviews for about a year and a half. It's a lot of work and a stressful time so it's good to be done. March break is now in order. One more week of classes and then a week of vacation. Wish I was going to a sunny destination, but we're saving our pennies for China so it's all good.

Hope you all liked my video of Yazzy. I know I go into that sqeaky little doggie voice and it drives everyone crazy...My sister has been telling me that since the day we got Yaz. Funny.

The quilt pieces are rolling in now. Can't really venture a guess as to how many we have but it will certainly be enough to make a beautiful quilt. My good friend Leah is coming over Monday to have a look at what I've got. She is the quilt project manager. Thank you in advance Leah!

So there are more rumors flying around that things are going to speed up. We believe from what we have heard on different internet groups that our file is in the matching room now. that means they will soon be matching us with our baby girl, however we won't get any info on her for awhile. We're crossing our fingers for a speed up. We'll have a better idea on this by the end of the month when the next referrals come out.

Finally, my mom presented us with a beautiful gift for Kennedy. Ladybug earrings and a ladybug necklace. Cute, Cute, Cute! I love my mother so much. She is absolutely the best. I hope I can be as good a mother to Kennedy as she has been to me. Love you mom! xoxo

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Yazzy wants a little sister!