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Sunday, March 21, 2010

10) Getting Matched with a Child

As NRIs, in theory, you have second priority after domestic couples when it comes to being matched with a child. As far as is possible, the RIPA will make an effort to match you with a child with similar physical characteristics.

When a RIPA recommends a child to you, they give you a brief 2-page profile of the child including the child's vaccination and medical history, allow you to briefly view and interact with the child and give you time to go back and discuss it with your family. If you come back, interested in pursuing the match further, they usually allow you to take the child to a paediatrician of your choice for a simple medical / developmental milestones evaluation and perhaps a basic blood test.

For most couples, this is an emotional time. If you have waited for a long time, seeing the child - that could potentially be yours for the rest of your lives - for the first time, will be one of the most exhilarating and exciting episodes in the entire journey - you will never forget this moment! But at the same time, you may also feel apprehensive, fearful and unsure of making what is after all a major, irreversible decision in your life. Non-judgemental support from your family is of great value at this time. Endless discussions do not help; clear, rational thinking and a firm no-turning-back policy based on the available information and a healthy gut instinct will help you make the go or no-go decision.

Only when you've fully satisfied yourself that you are ready and willing to adopt the child, will your RIPA proceed with further action. When you have verbally confirmed your intention to proceed with the adoption, the RIPA snail-mails your EFAA a package consisting of the Child Study Report (documentation on the child as gathered and recorded by the RIPA over the period of the child's stay there, including medical history) and a list of the documents required for submission to CARA for the No Objection Certificate (NOC).

At this stage, you prepare your final dossier to send across to your RIPA.

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