If you aren’t caught up, we completed Steps Two and Three about a week or so ago. You can read about it, here.
I’m writing this update now, in the moment, before I forget what this feeling feels like. Moments ago I saw an unknown number on my cell phone while at work. Usually I ignore phone calls I don’t know, but decided to answer this time. We’ve been selling stuff online and I thought maybe it was an interested buyer. Boy was I wrong! It was the adoption agency calling to let us know our first application has been approved. Talk about being excited, scared and super emotional all at the same time. The lady mentioned she’d liked to come to our home and meet with us for our In-Person Screening Visit. I told her I’d have to talk with Jason and work out a date that works for us and I’d call her back. After hanging up the phone, I instantly called Jason to tell him the amazing news and then texted our parents and siblings the news!
Now I get to sit here teary-eyed, typing this post as I realize our dreams are about to come true. Our dream of becoming parents is actually starting to happen. After feeling like the worst person ever; checking off boxes of characteristics/health issues/behavioral issues that we’d be “willing” to accept out of our future child on our first application, it feels good knowing that our future children are out there just waiting for us. I can’t even begin to explain all the love I have to give to our future children. Of course I am only speaking for myself right now. Jason is excited, too. Especially for the fun times that are ahead. He’s the more playful one, and I’m the nurturing one. Can’t believe this is finally happening! And of all days, we received this great news on the 15 yr anniversary of when Jason and I first met. 🙂
Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us as we go through this process. Please keep the prayers coming! We are only in the beginning of this crazy adoption adventure!
So if you’re keeping track. We have finished steps 1 through 5 so far.
Attend Information Meeting Discern about children with special needs and your skills/abilities to meet their needs. Mail Permanency Resource Family Survey to State Program Office State Staff – Initially screens for compatibility with Program. Initial Screen In – Noticed by letter and assigned for In-Person Screening Visit
- In-Person Screening Visit with Public Adoptions Staff
- Public Adoptions Staff consults with supervisor about visit.
- Adoption packet is mailed out. We complete and return materials. Can enroll in Public Adoptions education classes with returned application.
- Application is assigned to an adoption home study worker.
- Adoption worker schedules visit to begin home study.
- Licensing Timeline – Varies depending on schedules, visits completed, meeting education requirements, all materials completed and returned to home study worker.