Friday, May 13, 2016
A Crazy Busy 2 weeks
All the crazy is over and our 4th home study update is done. Every year we get that email from our adoption coordinator that our fingerprints are due and it’s the signal that our home study update is due shortly after. The fingerprinting is part of the FBI clearances due every year. It’s always a difficult milestone to reach but this year they added additional papers to be filled out that I didn’t know about so it took a few trips to the police station and a phone call plus a print, form fill out, scan and email in order to get our fingerprints processed.
On top of the complications with getting all the correct paperwork for that was the notice that our doctor was closing. Insert panic! We were able to get the scheduled appointments but I am so upset she is moving and closing the office. We’ve been going to her for 13 years and in our small community she is like family, she knows us. We both saw her today for our updates and I wished her well but I will miss her. We hugged and said good-bye but I always imagined her taking care of our new family once we adopt. She was perfect as she adopted her 2 kids and knows how much it means to be personal and not judgmental. I hope we find a new doctor who will be the same. It’s part of my interview process now.
Our home visit also brought us some sad news that our social worker of the last 4 years is retiring at the end of the year. I honestly felt a heavy brick hit me when she told us. I, again, pictured her seeing us with our family for post-placement visits. I love her she is such a great woman doing an amazing job who also adopted 4 kids so she completely understands the emotional roller-coaster of the wait, the paperwork, and the parenting of adopted kids she’s often shared.
Fast forward a week of scammers trying to get us in their web and missed international phone calls and emails (which we couldn’t help anyway since we are going for domestic adoption) and she forwarded an email with some situations from an agency she’s worked with many times before. So after reading tons of legal paperwork, I signed us up. Yes, we are now with 2 agencies on top of our complete on-line presence. I am hopeful that we will connect this year with a birth family. So if you know anyone thinking of adoption please forward our website, blog or agency page.