Friday, July 27, 2007


There is a light at the end of this tunnel! Now let the matching begin!

This is how the matching room told by Rumor Queen.

First, they review the baby dossiers and make sure there are no issues with them. We are told that they then count up all of the baby dossiers that are eligible for matching that month and then look to see how far this stack will go in the parent dossiers without sending out a partial day, and they pull all of those parent files. That is the likely cut-off date. Sometimes something happens and they don’t get this far. Sometimes something happens and they get farther.
Next they match orphanages up with agencies. This orphanage has six babies, this agency has six families. These two orphanages are in the same province and have a total of 12 babies, this agency has 12 families. When they are through with this is when (I believe) some agencies start to get information about the cut-off date. Or at least it is when they used to start getting information.
And then they start matching individual babies to individual families. At some point during this part of the process most agencies used to hear from their person in the matching room to let them know how many referrals they will be receiving and from what province(s). Some agencies shared this information with their clients. Some chose not to. Recently I’ve gotten the feeling that many agencies are still getting this information but they are being given orders by the CCAA to not share this information with the families.
Just as in the review room, each matcher is assigned certain agencies and is responsible for communicating with their agencies. Some matchers tell their agency the cut-off date, some matchers tell their agency “you have X number of referrals arriving”, some matchers give their agency a list of that agency’s families that will be receiving a referral. And some matchers don’t say anything at all to their agencies.
The next question that comes up is generally how the matchers match families and babies. I’ve heard from several people who have had the opportunity to speak with someone who works in the matching room. The various conversations seem to all agree that they first look for something that stands out: a matching birthday, a baby who looks a lot like a parent, or a baby who likes music and a parent who teaches music. Several matching people have stated they match by bone structure of the baby’s face and the parent’s faces (this is why they need our passport photos, so they can compare our mug shot with the baby’s mug shot). Some have stated that they used Chinese astrology, also. Once they’ve matched the obvious matches they then start to look at things like age of child requested. The age requested is not a priority for them, they feel they are matching families and not filling orders. We have requested twins in the age range of 8 months to 14 months...IF, and I say IF our agency is being matched at the very same time the orphanage has twins then we will have a good chance of getting twins, otherwise we will be placed with one child.
The time has come that we realize this is going to actually happen but we are still unsure of how much longer the wait will be. As of today the CCAA has placed children with families with a LID of November 14, 2005...we are LID of June 2, 2006. LID= Paperwork Logged in China Date
To all my friends and family...hang on 'cause there will be lots of mood swings ahead-I've been pregnant for the past 13.5 months!


T & R McGrath said...

Congratualtions Gina, this is WONDERFUL news!!!

You should go out and celebrate with hubby!

Have a great weekend!

Dannye said...

congrats, I am so excited for you!!! thanks for moving out of the way and letting us in that Review Room!!!

Paulette said...

I will be riding this wave for a while. So happy for all of us. Now off to that perfict match.

Donna & Andrew said...

Another hurdle down!Congrats on making it out of the review room !

Christie said...

Congratulations, Haden family!!! Brain and I are celebrating with you on this wonderful milestone to our little girls. It's just so surreal to see in print. I'm on cloud nine!

Your Lifelink travel mates,
The Schuetz Family

Christie said...

Congratulations Haden Family, Brain and I are celebrating right along with you on this milestone to our little girls. It is so surreal to see in print. Have a great day!

Your Travel Mates,
The Schuetz Family

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

What agreat day for all us June LIDers, I'm sooooo happy.
Congrats to you guys!

Kristen and David said...

Yeah!!!!!! So glad that your file was reviewed so quickly! I have an April LID and that was longest 3.5 months of my life! We live in South Florida too(Palm Beach)and trying to get a few early-mid 06 LID'ers together for lunch in Orlando by the end of this year! Not too many of us! It would be fun! Kristen

Jonni & John said...

I was so glad to hear that you guys are through review already! YEAH! Hopefully not too much longer...


Tracy said...


LID 11/22/05