Adoption Update :: 04.21.10

Making promises that I cannot keep seems to be my motto, especially when it comes to PDB. I promised that I’d keep everyone updated, but I’ve been awfully bad about posting photos from recent events in my life, in addition to not keeping everyone informed about the status of Sweet Sweet and my adoption. I keep telling people that the truth of the matter is that we are in a very boring period in regards to the adoption process. Getting our acceptance to the adoption agency has been, by far, the best part of the process because it meant that we were on our way in regards to our ultimate goal of starting a family. Since then it’s been all about paperwork.

Here’s a quick timeline of the events thus far:

January 7, 2010 : Applied to the adoption agency.
February 2, 2010 : We were accepted into the adoption agency’s program.
February 26, 2010 : We received our homestudy packet.
March 31, 2010 : We mailed our completed homestudy packet.
April 2, 2010 : Mailed our state certification.
April 8, 2010 : Received completed state certification.
April 26, 2010 : First homestudy interview.

The homestudy and adoption packets were all about getting things done. We asked favors from friends for recommendation letters, we had physicals completed, we had our home inspected for fire safety and health safety, we completed questionnaires that detailed everything from how Sweet Sweet and I felt about each other, to how we felt about raising children, to our family relationships, etc. Obviously, a big part of the process is about making sure that we’re proper parents and that we’ll treat our adopted child with the same love and respect if we were able to have our own. It seems strange that we have to go to such great lengths to make sure that we’ll both be good parents, but I don’t think of this process as being burdensome or tiring or intrusive, rather that this is the road we have to travel and I firmly believe that this is happening for a reason. I don’t begrudge anyone for the path that we’re taking. It is what it is, and I just pray that it all works out in the end.

Perhaps the biggest news is that Ethiopia passed a law that would require that we travel to Ethiopia twice rather than the one time. With international adoption those are the types of things that you have to adjust to on the fly. Laws can change on a whim. Obviously, we would prefer to travel just one time. Again, it’s the process and we’ve accepted that. It absolutely puts a strain on our budget in terms of adoption as we did not expect that we would have to travel twice, but it’s not the end of the world either.

We have our first homestudy scheduled for Monday afternoon and after this, I’ll update everyone on how that went and what it was like. I believe that we’ll hae to have at least two or three more homestudy meetings with our case worker.

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