Yesterday afternoon J and I headed back to the adoption agency for an orientation session. This gave us a chance to meet with the coordinators and ask questions in a one-on-one setting, aside from what we’ve been sending emails about back and forth.
We arrived and headed straight in, then had a chance to sit around the table and just chat. Because we’re heading on our cruise during the time when the full day class is taking place, we discussed the timing for how the home study would work. Ideally, we’ll have everything turned in to the agency before we leave on our cruise (less than a month now!), and then schedule the home study for right after! We’ll also create our book to have ready to hand over to the agency for when after the home study is approved.
I can’t believe that it’s moving along…almost seamlessly! There’s a lot of paperwork we have to fill out, but it’s manageable. It also gives me a big sense of accomplishment, to be able to finally feel like I’m checking off boxes and moving towards a goal. The excitement is still mounting, and I feel like we’re just one step closer!
So far, we’ve filled out a few forms for CPS background checks. I’m hoping that our electronic fingerprints can be sent to the agency from a background check we had completed late last year for a community group, so that will keep us from having to wait on new ones. Our physicals are booked with our doctors, and next are some questionnaires we need to fill out about ourselves. It should take a few weeks (or less, hopefully) to pull together…which really isn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things.
I know that once all this is completed, the hardest part will be in front of us…the waiting. Waiting to be matched, waiting for the child to be born, waiting to bring the child home. It’ll be hard, but I’m trying to keep my eyes on the end goal. Either way, even if it is hard, we’re ready for it!