And just like that…

…We’re done!  Well, we still require a few signatures on our Home Study, but after all we’ve been through that’s pretty minor overall.

We had our final home study appointment with our agency social worker, and she expressed once again how much she enjoyed getting to know us, and she thanked us for being so open and welcoming.  We really enjoyed getting to know her too!  I definitely think God provided us with the agency social worker that we needed.

What’s next?  Well, there are those pesky signatures.  Our agency social worker will sign the completed home study, then her supervisor must sign it, then the agency directory (?) must sign it… then the agency social worker brings it to us.  We will read it, ask for edits if we feel that something warrants that, and then sign it.  Once that happens, we’re done!  It’s been indicated that we might have all of our signatures before the end of April, or very early May at the latest… WOOT WOOT!!!

But in the meantime, we’re excited to share that we’ll be a part of the upcoming ARE (Adoption Resource Exchange) after all!  Everything came together in just the perfect way, just in time.  So thankful!

For those that do not know what an ARE (also called a “Matching Event” or an “Exchange) is, it stands for Adoption Resource Exchange, and it serves as a place of connection for families and their Ministry social workers, Ministry guardianship workers (those social workers who have custody of children in care), and sometimes even teens who are searching for families. In preparation for this event, we had two make a two minute video about us (home, family, etc.) and provide a few photos for our Ministry social worker to use when making a handout about us.  We will have the chance to be profiled at this event, and will also be able to view children’s profiles and learn more about them from those who care for them.  I have not been to one of these events before, and am interested to learn more!

We already have a few profiles that we would like to learn more about.  We saw one of them profiled on the AFABC (Adoptive Family Association of BC) site.  And another one was sent our way by our Ministry social worker.  It’s so hard to know much from the little available in those profiles, but we like what we hear so far!  One of these teens is going to be profiled at the ARE and we are interested to learn more!

So that’s where we are at!  But very quickly, for some that have asked us, I would like to answer a question.  We have been asked “You mention a lot of social workers – who is who?”.  Here goes…

Ministry social worker (msw) – As we are adopting through the MCFD (Ministry for Children and Family Development), each family is assigned a social worker to assist them through the process and advocate on behalf of the family and incoming children.  Ours is a real gem, we think she’s fantastic!

Agency / home study social worker (asw/hssw) – The MCFD now contracts out home studies to local adoption agencies.  This ensures that home studies are completed as quickly as possible.  This social worker is assigned to us by the adoption agency, and is responsible for completing the home study as outlined by the agency and the MCFD.

Guardianship worker (gw) – These social workers also work for the MCFD, but work with and are responsible for the children in care.  Every single child in case has a guardianship worker.

How exciting – our next post will be to share that our home study is signed off.  WOOT WOOT!!!  Two of those in one email, wow!  Ha



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