I received a phone call this afternoon. When I saw the caller ID, I tried to get all serious and not sound extremely giddy when I answered the phone. I may have overcompensated and sounded slightly annoyed. It was our social worker, Pamela. I like her. That will not be the last time you hear me say so, rest assured. She called to let us know that she had received our packet of information and she was sending everything off in the morning. There were several parts of the conversation that made me happy and excited. First, she said the expiration of the dated materials was 3 months from the date on them. The date on the papers is 10/31/11. As long as we all return our required materials in a very timely manner and the FBI, ABI and DHR are all on top of things (we can pray it happens just this once) then we should have no problems with the time constraints. Secondly, in the morning Pamela will be sending out MORE papers for us to fill out. As soon as we get those filled out and returned, we get to schedule our first of four home visits. This ball could be rolling even faster in just a couple of weeks. It also means I need to get my house back in order after having spent almost a week away from it. It was a very uplifting phone call.
We also found out more about our upcoming financial needs. As I have mentioned before, we will need to have ready and available a check for $1,000 at the first home visit. There is a good possibility that this is coming before the end of December. We also found out about a required training weekend coming up in January. It is not certain if we will be able to attend this particular weekend because of Rob’s work calendar (that very same week he has such an urgent schedule in the office that he would be denied vacation). If his schedule changes, we will make the trip to Florida and attend. Otherwise, we will wait for the next one. Either way, it costs $750 (for both of us, not each) to attend. We need to have this available in January just in case. This two-day training is designed to prepare families for the domestic infant adoption journey. Topics to be covered: Understanding Fees; How to fund your adoption; Grief and Loss in Adoption; The Birthparent Journey; Creating your family profile; Understanding your role with the birth family; Hospital Preparation; Developmental Stages in Bonding and Attachment; Prenatal Development: Effects of Drug and Alcohol Exposure; Service Plans and What to do while you are waiting; Post Placement Supervision and the Legal Process. We will get the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of the Bethany team as well as a medical professional, a legal professional, other adoptive families who have completed the process, and birth parents.
How can you continue to pray for us? Pray we stay focused on the goal and the One who set the goal for us. Pray that the time frame is kept in check on both ends. Pray that the funds become available as we need them.
Thank you for the prayers you have already sent up on our behalf. Thank you for the financial support you have provided. Thank you for spreading the word about our journey!
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