And it begins… again…

We got the call.  Not “THE CALL”, but “the call”.  (In our adoption world, THE CALL means a match with a child or children: “the call” means we’ve begun the final step.)

After our first agency social worker (the social worker contract by the MCFD to do our home study) had to back out at the last minute due to personal circumstances, we have been reassigned!  Our new agency social worker called on Monday, and our first appointment has been scheduled for January 23rd.

At this first meeting, we’ve been told to expect a safety walk-through of our home (in regards to teenagers), the booking of subsequent meetings (we’re hoping for one a week instead of one every two weeks), and the beginning of discussions of “The Form”.

Some of you might remember the form I mentioned in an earlier post that we had to fill out in preparation for our home study.  It was quite a few pages in length (somewhere around 20 if I remember right) and full of questions on everything to your past and current relationship with your parents and siblings, your marriage, your intimate life if in a relationship, hobbies, goals in life, the way you deal with issues, etc.  This form is to serve as a basis for upcoming discussions with the agency social worker.

This home study comes at the best and worst time.  We wouldn’t put it off for the world! – but it comes at the same time that we’re taking our intensive First Responder course with the fire department.  Add to that working full time, and doing our best to keep our house and puppies in reasonable condition (ha!), it’s going to be a busy month!  But it’s all good stuff, and we’re excited! (Just please forgive me if I don’t blog much for the next month or so…).

WOOHOO – this is getting real people!  Our family could very well be expanding THIS YEAR!!!

 

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And just like that, it’s January!

Can you believe it’s January already?  I don’t know where the time has gone!  I was off work for a week and a half, while Jean got the holidays off – and the time off was wonderful!  We spent time with friends and relaxed – oh, and baked a lot of cookies!

There was no adoption news over the holidays, but our social worker emailed me yesterday and mentioned that our home study has been reassigned.  She said it has gone to a social worker that she knows from years ago, and she really likes her.  That’s great news!  Now we just have to hear from her to schedule our first meeting and get this show on the road!

We also have a new goal – to be ready for the Kelowna matching event at the end of April.  For those that don’t know, matching events are arranged by the Ministry of Children and Family Development in regards to kids in care.  Guardianship workers (social workers that oversee the cases of individual children) are there, as are social workers with families who are looking for children.  Prospective families also attend, and have the opportunity to meet Guardianship workers and learn about specific kids in care.

And another cool thing… a woman at our church approached me, and shared that her family is also in the process of adopting through the Ministry!  Exciting stuff!  I love to make connections like these – sometimes adoption can be a bit of a lonely road, and it’s really cool to have someone who “gets it” – both the positives, and the frustrations. Community is such a cool thing 🙂