We just received 'official' confirmation from our agency this afternoon via email and this is what it says:
"Well the time has come we can confirm the CCAA has matched files up to and including June 6, 2005. We are expecting your referrals to arrive late this week to early next week. Please remember we will require a minimum of 6 hours to review copy and scan the referral before we can call families. We try and call families as soon as we can, so please rest assured we are working hard to get them done. If you have any updated email addresses or phone numbers, please send them to me via email.
KM will be answering all of your questions regarding travel. We do not yet have a tentative travel date, we will have to wait and see when they arrive. We will provide you with more information regarding meetings and travel when we contact you with the referral information. I am looking forward to giving you some great news!"
Other American agencies have even told their families that referrals were mailed from the CCAA on Tuesday (China is 12 hours ahead of us) so hopefully we'll see something by the end of the week. I spoke to AB Children's Services today (since we don't live in Ontario, our own provincial ministry must handle the referral) and she said that once they have the referral in their hands and reviews it quickly, she will scan and email Jenna's picture to us. Then they will fax a copy to Children's Bridge where it will get translated and sent back to Children's Services. We will then go and pick up the referral at their offices downtown. She says that if they receive it in the next couple of days, we could see our daughter's face by FRIDAY!!!! I can't believe this is finally happening! Thank goodness I had alot to do today to keep me pre-occupied otherwise, I don't know how I would have managed today.
Thanks to all my peeps who have been hearing me say "maybe next month" a million times when asked when, when when. It's a hard process for non-adopters to understand, I barely did myself. Our journey to a family started sooooo many years ago and to think that in only a few more days, I'll be able to see our 'new edition' with my very own eyes, even if I won't be able to see through the buckets of crocodile tears streaming down my face. To all those who have missed the cut off, by however many days, my heart goes out to you. I know how you feel, I've been there and it blows chunks, but hang on.....it's coming.