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Old Mar 2nd, 2016, 15:49 PM   31
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We are with Stoke on trent. According to them they start considering potential matches before you are even approved. They aim to have us back at matching panel two months after approval. So panel by june for approval and back at matching panel in August. If your LA are like mine you may well have a child by xmas!



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2016, 04:25 AM   32
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Ahhh - if I push the boundaries a bit I can say you're a midlander too! I'm with Warwickshire. That's so great that they consider matching so early - it's great to see a bit of forward planning and common sense!



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2016, 08:16 AM   33
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Two other midlanders! Whoop!
It's great they start considering matches, it helps speed the process up nicely!
We're hoping for a much smoother match this time as last time due to court delays it was 4 months from seeing his profile to meeting him. The longest 4 months of my life!! He was worth every second waiting though of course



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2016, 16:28 PM   34
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I actually live in Chester but because of our son being 3, none of the local agencies would take our application seems as we would only be eligible for a child up to 18 months old. Stoke on trent was the nearest we could get.



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2016, 03:49 AM   35
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That's crazy isn't it? Our little one has just turned 3 and our la were fine. Only specification was that he had to have been placed 2 years, so we had to wait until last December to make the initial call.



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2016, 14:41 PM   36
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There has to be 2 year age gap for birth children so I suppose that is similar to 2 years in placement. The authorities closest to us just don't have that many young children in care. I spoke to loads and alot were not accepting applications from anyone who wanted a child under 3.
It has worked out for the best though. Our council sent us loads of information about key adoption dates even though they couldnt take an application and ALL of the dates were in 2014. They sent it out in august 2015! Make me think they would have been a nightmare!



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2016, 14:45 PM   37
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Things happen for a reason hey?!



 
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Old Mar 5th, 2016, 07:02 AM   38
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Missk - Chester is beautiful. Reminds me a lot of of my home city York 😊and your son was born exactly 2 days after mine!! Talk about similar journeys!

Dream - couldn't agree with you more!! I hope you get a lovely smooth match this time too!!



 
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Old Mar 12th, 2016, 05:40 AM   39
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Hope everyone is doing well! I had my one2one with the social workers the other day which went well. Hubby goes next week and then they want to meet our birth son. We are almost finished!
How is everyone else doing?



 
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Old Mar 19th, 2016, 02:59 AM   40
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Hi all
Hope everyone's well 😊 we has our social worker out again yesterday. She thinks one more visit and we will be done! Provisional date for approval panel is end of June. It's nice to have an idea of timescale now. Just hoping it won't take too long to find a match, i suspect it may though. They have lots of sibling groups currently but not many singletons. Apparently it's the same kind of picture nationally. I guess time will tell!



 
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