Thursday, 21 May 2009

Change to the Plans!!!

Last night Fraulein returned for a visit :-) Its lovely to have her here, we've all missed her a lot. Today she went to visit her old college to see her friends before they all finish for the Summer and then disperse to University or jobs. Mr Messy gave her a lift to college and then went to town check exchange rates so that we get the best deal for our trip to Ethiopia. I had already planned to go out for a relaxing day shopping with my friend Postlady, and as we were in the same town as Mr Messy we met up at our favourite art gallery for lunch and a wander round the art.

When we got home we found we had an email from Ethiopia informing us our Court Hearing Date has been moved to Monday morning!! I panicked about this as part of the UK Procedures is that both me and Mr Messy have to meet our New Child BEFORE she is legally ours. We also have to confirm in writing (luckily they will accept emails) to our Local Authority that we have done this. The Local Authority then have to send confirmation of this message to the DCSF (UK govt dept that oversee all intercountry adoptions). And Monday is a Bank Holiday in the UK!!! I managed to speak to the ICA Team at the DCSF and they were very helpful and reassuring and said that so long as we sent a message to our Local Authority as soon as we could, and that the DCSF had the Local Authorities confirmation of receipt of this message BEFORE we apply for New Child's British Entry Visa, then everything is still legal and we are ok to go.

So panic over, we are good to go and New Child will be legally ours a day earlier YEAH :-)


Anonymous said...

Fantastic news! Panic over and to be yours a day earlier!

Wishing you all a very safe journey

Love S, T and I

Janet said...

Hi S,
It was a heart stopping moment when I thought everything was going wrong at the last minute lol. But once I'd had it confirmed that everything is still going to plan, then I calmed down :-)
I can't believe how much stuff we are trying to squeeze into suitcases!!
Very excited though :-)

Mac said...

Hi, Janet!

I just wanted to let you know that I am still here and I'm thinking about you and your family. Can't wait until you have your little one at home! I'm so excited for you! I'll try to check in every day to see if your blogging. Now, go get your baby!

Anonymous said...

Hi Janet,

Just wanted to say again all the best and enjoy every minute you have with your new family before you come home. You wont have much chance when you get home you'll have to many friends and family wanting a cuddle as well.

So ENJOY it very much and love to everyone including Little Prince tell him we all love him just as much, your heart just gets bigger the more people there are in it.


Little Sis

Janet said...

Hi Mac,
Lovely to hear from you :-)
Thank you for the good wishes, it means a lot to me :-)
Almost time to go...

Janet said...

Hi Little Sis,
I'm so looking forward to introducing New Child to her Daddy and brother and sister :-) So exciting :-)
I think nappy changes are going to take a loooooooong time, as they are probably going to be the only chance I get for a hug and play lol.
Little Prince had a huge grin when I told him your message :-)
See you when we get back.

Anonymous said...

Good luck Janet and family. Say hi to everyone at AMBA from us.
Katey, Megan and Nancy

Janet said...

Hi Katey,
Thank you :-)
I'll definitely say hi from you all.
Big hugs to Megan and Nancy (((((((((()))))))))))


25th May 2009 - See New Child again & Court Date

23rd May 2009 - Fly back to Ethiopia

26th March 2009 - Fly to Ethiopia :-)

3rd March 2009 - Dossier Arrived at Orphanage

26th February 2009 - Dossier sent to Ethiopia

22nd December 2008 - Dossier back at DCSF

28th November 2008 - Certificate of Eligibility ISSUED

6th October 2008 - PASSED Approval Panel

7th July 2008 - Homestudy Update Started

28th Feb 2008 - Told LA we wished to change country


Formally withdrew from the China Adoption Programme 17th July 2008

LID (Logged in Date) with CCAA 16th August 2007

Documents to China 10th August 2007

Passed Approval Panel 5th March 2007

Homestudy started 6th June 2006

First Contact with our LA 1st Jan 2006