Many of you have commented with questions on the EP process. A typical example would be why one agency's EP batch has been submitted and the others have not.
The Ministry is now in the process of accepting March/April EP submissions from each adoption agencies. It appears that the Ministry contacts one agency at a time giving them permission to submit the EP applications. I believe this is the reason why there is confusion as to why one agency is going through the process while another agency has not been given the go ahead with the EP submissions.
Also, the Ministry is now taking around four weeks to review, process, and approve the EPs as they have to deal with some transitional issues brought up by the new adoption laws that will be implemented this coming August. In addition to the roles played by the Ministry, the family court now comes into the equation, as they will get involved with some decision making process to qualify the adoptive families.
The whole thing is still in a flux and nothing definite has been established yet, and I believe that is one of the reasons why it takes longer to review and process and approve the EPs by the staff at the Ministry as they are working with new procedures and forms and other changes.
I am sure this will introduce more questions by some of you, but at least this posting offers some answers to many questions that have been asked.
Thanks for all the great comments and questions.
Let the children come home without further delays.