Thursday, November 01, 2007
Adoption #2- Our 1st Placement Call
Yes, you read the title of this post correctly! We've received our first placement call yesterday morning, and we're not even licensed yet! Let me back up a bit and explain.

To begin with, I hadn't gotten around to telling you all that our application reveiw has been put on hold a second time due to incomplete information! I got an email last Friday from the state employee, Martha, who's reviewing our application. She explained that there were three things our licensing agency didn't provide her with and also that there's a Federal Law, The Walsh Act Check, that our state has suddenly decided to enforce! What this means is that we have to have another background check done in the state that we lived in 3 years ago, in addition to all the checks we had done in our current state of residence! We were told this can take 3+ weeks to get this information back!

This past weekend was a rough one for me. I was feeling angry, frustrated, and down right discouraged that our licensing agency had dropped the ball yet again, causing us unnecessary delays! I shot an email off to the director of the agency expressing concern over the way our application has been handled, outlining the facts of the delays, and I asked for her response.

Monday, I got an email from the Program Director we'd been working with telling me that she'd taken care of everything on Martha's list, except for the additional background check. For that, she emailed me the form and instructed me to fill it out, have it notarized, and send it to another state employee. That was all done by yesterday morning.

I got an email back from the director on Tuesday, basically apologizing profusely for the frustrations we've experienced and telling me she'd be looking into it further with her staff.

Now for the good part, at about 10:00 a.m. yesterday morning, I received a phone call from our agency. A foster care specialist, Amy, who we're meeting for the first time tomorrow was calling. I immediately suspected the worst, that she was calling about something else that was going to cause us even more delays.

Imagine my shock when she told me she was calling about a foster-to-adopt placement! I quickly grabbed a piece of paper and started jotting down information as she shared it with me.

Now, obviously I can't share many of the details of this case with you, but I will tell you that the call was for an 11 month old girl who's been in foster care since she was 2 months old. The foster family she's with now is only willing/able to handle straight foster care and now that this little girl's mom has stated that she wishes to relinquish her rights (she's denied the visitation rights that she was given) the state is moving her from a foster only to a foster-to-adopt case plan.

Amy warned me that there'd be a lot of homestudies submitted for this little girl because she is young, Caucasian (we could care less about that but it's important to others), and has shown no signs of developmental delays. She has some dietary restrictions but they're pretty minor. That's it.

Amy also warned me that our homestudy could be set aside because we're not yet licensed (although we may be licensed by the time a decision is made on this little girl) and we haven't met the state requirement of 240 hours of foster-only before being eligible for foster-to-adopt. Amy did say that sometimes they overlook that requirement so it could happen, but no guarantees.

I made a quick call to Oronzo and asked him if he wanted our homestudy submitted for this little girl and he said, "absolutely!"

I called Amy back and told her to go ahead with submitting our homestudy. We know it's a long shot but Amy thought it was worth the effort. She said that even if this one doesn't work out, it gets our homestudy out there for review by those that make the decisions on placements so that the next time around they'll be at least a little familiar with us.

So, now we continue to wait. We wait for the additional background check to be done. We wait for the review of our application to be finalized. We wait for our license to come through. Most importantly, we wait to hear news on this little girl. Amy said we probably wouldn't hear anything for a few weeks.

Oddly enough, now that we know we can receive placement calls even though we're not totally licensed, I'm feeling better about the waiting.

So there you have it, news of our very first placement call! Your prayers would be appreciated. Yes, this situation is a long shot, but miracles do happen. We have a little miracle named Snuggle Bug tucked into bed safe and sound right now, so there's hope in this case as well!

I'll be sure to keep you all posted as I hear more. As always, thanks for your ongoing support!

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7:02 PM

At 9:21 PM, Blogger Joyful Days said...

I. Am. So. Praying.

At 10:11 PM, Blogger Lori - The Simple Life at Home said...

That's wonderful news! I'll be praying to God brings just the right child, whether it's this little girl or another, into your life at just His perfect timing. What you are doing is a blessing!!

At 3:55 AM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

I'm so Happppy for you! I'm praying and praying and praying....

At 6:25 AM, Blogger Mari said...

I'm so excited for you! God knows which child is meant to be yours and I'm praying the wait isn't much longer for you.

At 6:32 AM, Blogger Nadine said...

How exciting! Thanks for sharing.

At 6:55 AM, Blogger Barb @ A Chelsea Morning said...

Miracles DO happen and I hope, with all my heart, this one happens for you.

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Cookie's Mom said...

wow. Wow. Just WOW! It is such a blessing to watch the Lord fast at work in so many lives. And to think that as soon as we get really discouraged is when He reveals to us everything that is going on that we had no idea about! I'm certainly praying for the placement of this little girl, and for all of you as you wait for "the one" that will be the next permanent part of the JOY-FULL. I am so excited to learn about the developments (especially in light of all the delays!) Praise God!!

At 2:09 AM, Anonymous A Special Family said...

Thank you for all the sweet comments on my blog and introdcing yourself! Yes, it's fine to add me to your blog roll.
I also wanted to say how refreshing it was to read about your considering an older baby and not caring if the baby was caucasian. I work in & teach about adoption as well as having been a foster parent and now hopefully (one day!) an adoptive parents. There are times when I find it very very hard to stomach what I hear/see in the adoption world, including people turning a baby down because it has the wrong colour hair. Sigh...
I am very excited to follow your journey!!

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Barbara said...

Very exciting for you. Wishing you good luck that it all comes together.

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Shellie said...

You're in our prayers, I can so relate to where you are now. One way or another, it will work out for the best. How exciting!!!

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Heidi @ GGIP said...

That is a fantastic development.

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to hear more!

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Carey said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news!

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Sally said...

Great news!! Keep us posted.

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

oh that is so exciting; but I can imagine nerveracking at the same time! Praying that this first call pans out and you have a little one in your home very soon! Praying for you sounds very promising!

At 4:02 PM, Anonymous Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home said...

Congratulations! That's really awesome!

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Kimmie said...

Praying that God will direct your path and that He will bring the children to you who he purposes for you.

be blessed

praying for you and all the details...our God is a God of details!

mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted (4 through foster care adoption in CT)
awaiting on an adoption to Guatemala right now!

At 7:40 PM, Blogger Tricia said...

I am praying!

At 9:56 AM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

That is so exciting! On an up note, friends of ours have ended up adopting four kids through foster-adoption over the years. There eldest I think is now a senior in high school. They have 2 or 3 of there own. Miracles do happen and I do believe God has the perfect little one(s) for you. lol



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