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    Macks, I feel your pain. 14 months and still waiting. Waiting and hoping his heartbreaking

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    Thanks Walhalla, it's up and down days but have to keep hope it'll happen hey.
    Muzzy - it was kind of a condensed version second time round; just update our life story's and meet with our social worker a few times. All up is was about a 6/7 month process versus the 12 month process the first time round. 😉

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    I'm sorry if this post doubles up, but I don't think my previous post actually posted.
    Firstly, I still have all of my fingers crossed for everyone waiting patiently to be matched.
    To answer a few questions, if you have had fertility treatment, all you need is a letter from your specialist saying when your treatment stopped - and it needs to be at least 6 months prior.
    I don't believe they would consider previous terminations as a bad thing, they seem to be more concerned with how you cope in difficult situations rather than why you were in a difficult situation.
    I have a question for anyone who can answer it. Today we found out that all of our final paperwork has been approved and we are just waiting for a case worker. Could anyone tell me about how long that might take, and what is involved after that. A lot of people have said that the whole process takes about 1 year, however we officially started 1 1/2 years ago. It was November of 2014 when I first rung and expressed interest, we didn't get invited to an info session until May of last year, and then we didn't get invited to any training days until I think it was October. We did't get the last of our paperwork until late December, and we have now put all of that in and only been told now that we're waiting for a case worker. So I'm just wondering when the "1 year" starts. From the info session?? I'm not sure if we've just been unlucky - as we have been fairly quick to get our paperwork in. Although granted we did take a lot of time to write our life stories.
    Also just wondering what the time line will be like now. Will the case worker work with us for 6 months before we get placed in front of the board, or is it more like 1 month???

    Thanks heaps
    Good luck everyone

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    Congratulations adorelgc on getting your application in. It's a big feat.
    Your question about how long things take from here is kind of like asking how long a piece of string is. It depends on your region, and your individual application.
    For us, we only had to wait 4 months to be allocated a worker after our paperwork was accepted but took almost a year to go before panel. Ideally your worker will try and get you before panel within 4 months but they will not put you through that if they do not think you will be approved. So in our case there was a couple of things we had to work on before our workers felt confident to put us before panel. It was frustrating at the time, but I would have been devastated if we had gone before panel and not been approved.
    I know of someone on another region who waited over 12 months to be allocated a case worker. Fingers crossed your wait is not like that. I look forward to hearing how you progress.

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    Yes I was going to say the same thing. It must depend on your region, how many staff there are for that region, the number of applications they are working through and whether the staff work full time or part time. But I did wonder if it makes any difference if you apply through your local regional office/service or through Catholic Care who are state wide. Good luck!

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    Hi again, I was wondering about the life story. You said it took a while to write. What sort of things do they suggest you include in it? And how long? I think I remember them saying 16 pages or something.

    Also just wondering what sort of things would they ask you to work on before going to panel? Is that things like weight loss/healthy BMI or other sorts of things like savings? Obviously it's personal so not expecting details response to that but a general sense of what things would be gratefully received if anyone here would like to share that info.

    Good luck everyone!!

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    Thanks everyone for the information. At least I know that it is still a long wait. In a nutshell we may not be registered by the end of the year. I was kind of hoping we would be. But who knows

    As for the life story, mine ended up being 24 pages long, my husbands was 16. I think he is more succinct than me They give you a guide for the life story, things that they suggest you talk about. It covers your upbringing, parents relationship, your relationships, how you cope with stress etc etc I think it was around a 7-8 page document with things they suggest you talk about. You don't have to address everything, we both did though because it was much easier and made our life story make sense and flow.

    I don't know about going up in front of the panel, as we're not there yet.

    Good luck everyone!!!!

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    Adorelgc can you make the life story "pretty" like a scrap book or is it just words?

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    Oh thanks for your reply! So is the life story for the panel to read or is it for the relinquishing parent/s to read when they choose? Or both?! Thanks!
    Last edited by jazzercise; 06-05-2016 at 07:39.

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    Hi muzzy, there is a lot to talk about in your life story. I could be wrong but i don't think you would get bonus points for it being pretty. I wouldn't scrap book it, otherwise you'd need 10 albums. I suppose you could add photos amongst your writing??? It ends up reading like a novel. As I said mine was 24 pages, typed!! This would definitely be a question to ask at your training days
    There is also a lot of areas to talk about 'difficult' stuff - your fertility journey, and loss, how you cope with stress/pressure, strengths and weaknesses of your parents, partner, stresses at work etc. so again I don't know about making that that stuff look pretty.
    My life story ended up sounding like a tv mini series - as we have had a lot of tragedies to deal with. So I would not have wanted to pretty it up.
    Although you talk about your life, it's not really in the format of "when I was 5 I learned to skip, and I had my first crush when I was 12 and my first kiss at 16 and I bought my first car at 19......" It is more a focus on strengths and weaknesses and how you overcome problems plus some logistical stuff.
    Mind you, I'm not creative at all, so maybe you could make it look good??
    I hope that helps.


 

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