I’d like to give three examples here:
8 month old girl with cleft palate shows up on the list. Under the old rules, she would have been more likely to be adopted by someone not yet logged in, which would mean she could easily stay in the orphanage another year, and be 20 months, almost two years old, before coming home. Under the new rules, it’s more likely that she’ll be closer to 12 to 14 months old before coming home.
2 year old girl with spina bifida shows up on the list, and her file requires that for the first month her file can only be locked by a family who is already logged in. There is a family who is just starting out who would be interested, should their agency tell them about her, but they can’t lock her file so the agency plans to wait four days before the end of the month to talk to this family about her. Three weeks later, someone who is logged in hears about this child from their agency, talks to a doctor, and decides to adopt her. The family not yet logged in misses out, but they don’t know they’ve missed out. And, most importantly, the child gets to travel home with her family in a few months’ time, not a year later. And take it from someone who has brought home a very young child and an almost two year old – that extra time spent in an institution is huge. Any child who has any chance at all of spending six to eight months less in an institution, should be given that chance.
18 month old boy with an unrepaired heart issue shows up on the list. Someone not logged in yet has told their agency this is exactly the type of child they are hoping to adopt, but they can’t lock his file or claim him for a month. The agency tells the family about him five days before the month is up, they do their research and tell the agency they wish to adopt him. At the end of the month the agency locks his file and the family submits LOI, and four months later they are logged in. The child does not wait any longer to have someone come get him – the only change was that the family had to wait one month to lock his file and claim him. Their time frame for traveling is not extended out by one month, the wait is not one month longer for either the family or the child.
I am having a hard time coming up with an example where the new rules / guidelines could in any way be detrimental to the children.
We still do not know for sure how this is going to work in practice. Most agencies think only the easy to place children will only be available to those logged in for the first month, but others say it will be all children. Either way, I can’t see that it will change the travel time if a not-yet-logged-in family manages to lock the child in a month later. If they are not yet logged in, then that stage of the wait is determined by them (and their social worker, and USCIS), not CCAA.
As for some of the questions asked yesterday:
I’m sorry some agencies are interpreting the rules so that families must talk to a doctor before the agency will lock a file, or that they are being forced to make an instantaneous decision without time to do proper research. I am almost positive I’ve seen it said, something from the CCAA, that their intention is to give families time to make their decision, and that is what the 48/72 hour time frame is for, so the family can make an informed decision with the help of medical professionals. They understand it is in the best interests of the children if the families have their eyes wide open when they obligate themselves to a particular child. Not being allowed the time to do proper research to be sure they are prepared to handle a particular child’s special needs is not in anyone’s best interest.
As for how many files an agency can lock in – that depends on how many clients they have, doesn’t it? They can lock one child at a time for each client. Most agencies have their families fill out a list of what they feel they can handle and what their preferences are, and then when the list comes out they have it in their minds what they are looking for (age, gender, and special need), and then they attempt to lock the files for any child who fits what someone is looking for.
If you are already logged in and you are staying with the same agency, then you have a LID. If you started in the NSN line and are switching to the SN program, then your original LID will remain, and your agency can use that information to lock a child’s file for you.
And finally, only the agencies can access the list. I am aware that some agencies let a client sit in a chair beside them and go through the list, if their agency happens to be local to them, However, in most cases what happens is you fill out a form of what special needs you feel your family could handle, and then the agency either locks a file for you to look over (if you are wanting a child with a minor special need), or (for a more major issue) may talk to you about several children on the list (who have been on the list for a while) and let you talk it over with your family before deciding to lock a file and put in a LOI.