Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Someone JUST posted that their agency said the CC*AA has starting matching!!! I thought I would take time to explain how matching works to those not familiar with the matching process. The first picture shows a cart with files of families logged in. I heard that an agency is assigned a certain color for all their families. These files (or dossiers) might be heading from the review room to the matching room on a cart like the one pictured below.

Here is a picture of the matching room at the CC*AA. See that wall of files? Our file has probably been collecting dust on one of those shelves for quite some time. ;)

Because I'm lazy.....AND because RQ explains the matching process MUCH better than I ever could....I took the following from her site:

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.

Can you see the tiny pictures of all the babies on the wall in the front cubicle? In one of those cubicles our family will be matched with our daughter, Ava. How amazing is THAT!!!!


Blogger PIPO said...

You aren't too far down in that pile now!

Love that. They're blowing the dust off!!!

10:23 PM  
Blogger Sea Star said...

Is this really happening? Are we really that close that our file has made it's way to a desk????

10:34 PM  
Blogger Lisa and Tate said...

a few days ago while baby registering with my mom when all of a sudden I said to her "just think my dossier is on a desk sharing Tate's file".. like OUT OF THE BLUE! She looks at me amd tears up. Now today I hear the "rumors"... chills are running up and down my back.

12:18 AM  
Blogger OziMum said...

Crikey... anyone would think you think you'll be matched soon?!!!

hehehe!!! I can only tease, and make fun of you, coz I've been through that pain-staking, frustration of waiting... and also being told that no-one has any idea where your file is....

But hey... you'll be fine... Ava will hit your Inbox before you know it... then the four years you've sat around waiting will disappear and you'll have 6 short weeks to get your butt into gear and do a thousand things!!!

(yes... I've had a couple of wines tongiht... which makes me very honest, and not really have any idea what I'm actually writing!!!)

I HOPE YOU SEE AVA very very soon!!!

(the wine also makes me ramble)

5:21 AM  
Blogger OziMum said...

I noticed it published at 521am... just wanted you to know its 852pm here... I don't wake up early to drink wine.

5:22 AM  
Blogger Pug Mama said...

I am physically ill.....

12:12 PM  

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