Our Timeline

As anyone who has gone through the adoption process knows, it can be a long and drawn-out proceduture. For those of you who might not be familiar with the process, below is our timeline to date. Listed are information seminars and conferences we have attended, imporant dates related to the paper chase preparing all of our documents, and other items of interest. We will be adding to this list as time goes by leading up to our trip to China when we will bring our daughter home!





March 2004 Seminar Introduction to Adoption Seminar hosted by the Adoption Council of Ontario

April 3, 2004 Conference 1st Adoption Conference, Adoption Council of Ontario

May 2004 Seminar Information Session on Domestic Adoption, Peel Children's Aid

August 15, 2004 Seminar Children's Bridge International Adoption Information Session: This was our first introduction to the Children's Bridge adoption agency.

September 12, 2004 -
Feburary 23, 2005
Home Study Series of meetings with an Adoption Practioner in order to complete the required Home Study

September 2004 -
March 2005
Paper Chase Collecting all necessary paperwork for Home Study and China Dossier

November 13, 2004 Conference 2nd Adoption Conference, Adoption Council of Ontario

December 4, 2004 Seminar International Adoption Seminar: One day seminar

January 25 -
February 22, 2005
Seminar Children's Bridge Adopt-Talk Seminar Series: Five-part series on adoption and parenting issues.

January 29, 2005 Cultural Event Children's Bridge Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

January 31 -
March 21, 2005
Language Classes 1st set of beginner Mandarin classes, Night School Mississauga

March 8, 2005 File to Ministry Completed Home Study sent to the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services for approval

March 11, 2005 Pre-Travel Preparations Applied to update Canadian passports in preparation to travel

March 17, 2005 Paper Chase Last of paperwork for China Dossier sent to Children's Bridge for notarisation and translation

April 16, 2005 Conference 3rd Adoption Conference, Adoption Council of Ontario

April 17, 2005 Seminar Children's Bridge Grandparents and Special People Day - Information Session

April 21, 2005
Language Classes 1st of our weekly Mandarin lessons with our tutor, Zhang 'Laoshi' (teacher)

May 17, 2005 Ministry Approval Call from Children's Bridge with our Ministry approval!

May 26, 2005 Dossier to China (DTC) Call from Children's Bridge that our dossier has been sent to China and we have been assigned to Group 234!

May 29, 2005 Pre-Travel Preparations Group 234's Yahoo chat group is set up in order to get to know everyone better.

June 1 -
August 2, 2005
Language Classes Zhang 'Laoshi' visiting family in China. We decide to take Mandarin classes at the Chinese Cultural Centre until she returns

June 9, 2005 Logged In Date (LID) Our dossier has been officially logged in at the Chinese Centre of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) offices in China. It is now thought to be a 10 month wait from this date to referral!

June 11, 2005 Paper Chase Immigration paperwork mailed

June 23, 2005 Paper Chase Immigration file number received (sponsorship approved) and sent to Children's Bridge - no more paperwork until referral!

June 25, 2005 Cultural Event Our Wedding Anniversary! Went to the Dragon Boat races on Toronto Island.

June 29, 2005 Pre-Travel Preparations Visit to travel clinic for vaccinations needed to travel to China

July 8, 2005 Cultural Event Attended opening night performance of "Senses - A Celebration of Chinese Womanhood". A fundraising gala for the Chinese Cultural Centre.

July 21, 2005 Pre-Travel Preparations Logo for Group 234 designed

July 25, 2005 Pre-Travel Preparations Group 234 website design presented to group. This will be used to introduce others to Group 234.

August 3, 2005 Pre-Travel Preparations Creation of this website for family & friends to follow along our adoption journey.

August 13, 2005 Fun Event Children's Bridge GTA picnic

August 19, 2005 Cultural Event Attended opening night performance of "Chun Yi - The Legend of Kung Fu"

August 21, 2005 Language Classes Zhang 'Laoshi' is back from China, Mandarin tutoring continues weekly

September 17, 2005 Cultural Event Mid-Autumn Festival at the Chinese Cultural Centre

September 18, 2005 Seminar Children's Bridge GTA Preparing for Baby & Pre-Travel Information Seminar

October 7, 2005 Cultural Event Twelve Girls Band Concert

October 15, 2005 Seminar Children's Bridge Adoption Panel

November 10, 2005 Seminar Transracial/Cultural Parenting Forum

November 26, 2005 Fun Event Children's Bridge GTA Holiday Party

January 9, 2006 Paper Chase Our 7 month LID anniversary. We had hoped to recieve our Refferal by now but the process in China has slowed down to 10 months or more. We now expect our Referral in April.

January 22, 2006 Cultural Event FCC (Families with Children from China) Chinese New Year party and dinner.

January 24, 2006 CCAA Aproval The CCAA has finished the review of the adoption application dossiers registered in June 2005. That means we're on to the next stage towards Referral.

January 28, 2006 Seminar Children's Bridge GTA Pre-Travel Info Seminar - we attended a second time as Hector's mother Joan will now be joining us and wanted to go to the seminar.

Febuary 4, 2006 Cultural Event Children's Bridge GTA Chinese New Year party

April 8, 2006 Conference 4th Adoption Conference, Adoption Council of Ontario

April 22, 2006 Seminar Susan Soon-keum Cox Seminar, Children's Bridge

May 23, 2006
(12:39 a.m.)
CCAA Web-site Update CCAA web-site indicates: "The CCAA has finished the placement of children for the families whose adoption application documents were registered with our office before June 15, 2005."

May 23, 2006
(10:39 a.m.)
Referral Enroute E-mail from Jenna Ryan at Children's Bridge confirming that the CCAA has matched files up to June 15, 2006

May 25, 2006
(around 4:00 p.m.)
Referral Phonecall Phone call from Donna Paonessa at Children's Bridge with the incredible news - the referral of our daughter!!!!

May 25, 2006
(4:25 p.m.)
Referral Photos E-mail from Jenna Ryan at Children's Bridge with the photos of our daughter Dong YiYi - so cute and wonderful!!!!


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