I am a happily married mom of two sweetie pies. I am studying to become an elementary teacher and enjoy baking, gardening, crafting and being with the ones I love. I come from a large family and I wouldn't change it. Life is crazy sometimes and I like it that way.
November 2010- Decided to start the process to adopt through Foster Care
January 2011- Missed our orientation meeting because of the flu, hopeful that we will make the February orientation
February 2011-Missed orientation meeting again, this time no sitter! Sitter set for March!
March 2011-Made it to orientation! Excited to start our MAPS courses in June.
I have been so excited this week. I'm excited because tomorrow night we are going to an orientation meeting with our local Foster Adoption agency called Camelot.
This meeting will be the beginning of our journey towards our next child. I don't have a lot of information yet but I do know that we are hoping to adopt a boy, up to 2 years old and that it may take a really long time for him to come into our lives.
The way Foster Adoption works is when a parent's rights are terminated the child may become eligible for adoption through the state. Parental rights are rarely terminated until a year of "trying" to get their life in order to get their child back. Because of that, many times kids do not become available for adoption until they are older, usually 4 to 5 and older. We are holding out hope that God knows the perfect child for us and that things will go according to His plan.
We do have our eyes and ears open to other possibilities as well but we are hopeful that we will find our son through this process. It takes 10 weeks to go through the training program, then the home-study update, then just waiting. Please pray for us. While excitement and anticipation are the emotions I am feeling now, I know that those emotions can be turned into frustration and impatience. Fortunately we know that God has been knitting our family together like an intricate web from the very beginning and we have faith and hope in His design for our children's lives.
Are you considering Foster Adoption? Have you Foster Adopted? I would love to hear about your thoughts and experiences.
I found this blog with some wonderful resources and information on Adoption and Foster Adoption: Another Small Adventure
10:14"But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless."
68:5&6"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land."