LC, you are in Canada, so I can't really advise anything (because it's probably somewhat different down there), but from experience of several people I know it's a lengthy process here in US so get lots of patience. Also if you decide to go with international adoption be very careful, because some countries are very dishonest about the information (unfortunately). In any case I wish you best luck and have a smooth and (possibly) fast adoption process!
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