Tuesday, April 22, 2008

One More Step Forward

Over the past couple of months I have been working on updating the paperwork to keep my provincial approval current. Initially an extension of provincial approval was requested in February which made it valid until April 30, 2008. Due to the fact that I will not receive my referral by the end of this month (I wish!!), I was required to do a full update of my homestudy which allows me to apply for a 2 year provincial approval extension. It's all part of the process and I'm happy to do whatever it takes to bring Hannah home. It does involve extra expenses to have medical forms completed, a new police check done and a homestudy update but all things that are required so I'll do them. Each of my references were also contacted and I'm thankful to each of them for taking the time to respond to his questions and show your support once again of Hannah's adoption. Each of you is very, very special to me and I love you so much! I look forward to the day when I can introduce you to Hannah and you will know that God used you in a very special way to help bring she and I together!! Thank you!

Last week my social worker, Sal Garofalo, came over to my place and we updated my home study. Not a lot has changed so it was pretty painless. He and I laughed together and chatted about what had happened over he past couple of years. I was able to share with him about you, the amazing people I've met in 'blog land!' I was excited to write an addendum to my home study that talks about all the wonderful people I've met during this adoption journey. Each of you is so very important and I'm thankful that we're sharing this journey together. I really don't know how people endured the wait before the wonderful world of blogs. I know that at that time the wait was shorter but, I also know that the friends I've made during this wait will play a very important part in Hannah's life! I am so blessed to have found this online community that have become real life friends!

Yesterday Sal was able to hand deliver my updated home study to my agency rep Deborah so that she could hand deliver it to the government office. Talk about amazing service!! I am so very thankful for my social worker Sal and also Deborah who does amazing work for my agency Open Arms To International Adoption.

If you are in Ontario and looking at starting an adoption from China I would highly recommend Open Arms. If you live east of Toronto and are considering either an International or Domestic adoption or are looking for a great facilitator of the Pride course, then Sal Garofalo is your man!As he was leaving Friday he asked if I had any questions and I said, 'Um yah. A weird one.' He laughed and said, 'Ask away!' 'Ummm...can I take your picture and, can I put it on my blog?' You can see above that his answer was yes!

Thank you Sal and Deborah!! I appreciate you and all that you are doing to help me bring my sweet baby girl home!

I must admit that my favourite part of the entire time Sal and I spent together was when he walked me through step-by-step each of the things I'll need to do when I receive Hannah's referral!!! Oh yah! Now that's the kind of stuff I like to chat about!


  1. Congrats Catherine. I remember when I had to do my home study update last winter how I felt..it was one more step bringing me closer to my little daughter Natalie. Little did I know that she was born just after I initiated calling Deborah about my home study update too....so who knows...maybe this is the case with Hannah as well...Take care...
    Diana....(we met once at an open arms picnic)...

  2. Congrats on completing your update! Just one more step in this long, long process...

  3. Every day, every task just a bit closer.

    Peace on having that step completed.

  4. If there is one thing this adoption has taught us is how to manage paperwork!!!

    Glad to see you are making headway on yours!!!!

  5. Glad to hear that the update was painless. Hopefully this is the only one you have to do.

  6. Glad to hear all is well. I can't wait to meet with Sal myself! And you're one step closer again!

  7. I bet it felt good to be "physically" doing something again for the adoption!!!

    Congrats on getting approved AGAIN!!! :)

    Hannah is coming home soon!!! I can't wait!

  8. Sal is great. I'm hoping we won't have to call on him for a homestudy update but it is starting to look like it. Glad he is doing well.

    and Happy 25 mo. wow girl, you are getting closer and closer.


  9. Congrats Catherine! I've tagged you with a meme. Link back to me at Karyne's Kronicle to find out what to do...if you want to do it. Don't worry, if you don't participate in these meme things, I will so not be offended! Hope you're having a great week!

  10. That is great that you have completed your update! It is wonderful that you have such helpful people helping you with this journey to Hannah.

    Keep smilin!


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