Sunday, August 02, 2009
A small step forward in Boo's case.
Boo has been with our family for 17 1/2 months now and she's been in the foster care system for 25 months.
Earlier this week, we FINALLY got the news that Boo's case has been transfered from CPS to the state-contracted adoption agency. And we got a call from a social worker from that agency saying she's been assigned to Boo's case and she wants to meet with our family next week. We also have an adoption application to fill out to get the ball rolling on the adoption process!
To say I'm thrilled is not doing this justice! I am beyond excited that Boo's case has finally been transfered over to the adoption agency. We've been waiting for this day for months and months.
When we took the training classes for our foster care license back in 2007, we were warned that it could take "up to 12 months or so" before we might be allowed to adopt a child from foster care. I now realize they were being overly optimistic in their 12 months estimate, at least Boo's case has proven them wrong.
I must admit, there's still anger lingering in me that this precious child has been stuck in the system for 25 months (of her 29 1/2 months of existence) and we still haven't gotten a ruling from the higher court of appeals on whether or not the severance ruling will be upheld. We still haven't been able to finalize her adoption and legally make her a part of our family. The system is failing children pulled into the foster care system. They're failing Boo right now. She should've been allowed to be adopted a long time ago!
But I'm trying to let go of that anger and count my blessings that she's with us now. She knows she's loved. She's stable and thriving. And, God willing, she's not going anywhere! I suspect I won't be able to fully let go of the anger until after we've been allowed to adopt her.
I have to tell you, I'm throwing this child a HUGE celebration party on the day we get to finalize her adoption (I'm thinking positively here)! She so deserves a day of celebration for all that she's been through!
Please keep her and our family in your prayers!