As some of you know already we finally got our letter of approval from the government of Ontario!!!
Another step done.
So now on Thursday we head to Toronto. First, we meet with the consulate of Guyana in Toronto. We have a document that we have to sign in his or her presence. Doesn't that sound important? I think it sounds almost intimidating! I'm not sure why we have to sign it in the presence of an official, but after we have done that we are allowed to send our documents to Guyana.
It's almost like an approval to send our approval so that we may be approved once more. Whew.
Next, we are heading to our agency for our official approval meeting. There we will hand in our document, our 2 character references, and our marriage licence, passports will get notarized again. This time our agency has volunteered to do that for free, which is wonderful considering how expensive it really is to get it done by a lawyer!
Oh yes, we also have to give what is called a retainer fee, which is basically a lump sum of money we give our agency in trust, for costs (paperwork, people working on our behalf in Guyana, lawyers fees, court fees, other fees, more paperworks, etc. etc. etc).
And then.....(drumroll please....) we are officially EXPECTING!!!! (In adoption terms of course).
After this meeting our paperwork and profile will be sent to Guyana to the Red Cross Home there. We could hear from them anytime after our paperwork gets approved by the government of Guyana. We are thinking months, but it may be less or more depending on the availability of children.