I know that many are waiting for an update, and here it is!
God sure does have a sense of humour, that’s for sure! When Jean and I saw the foster parents of the boy we’ve been discussing, there were smiles and hugs and laughter all around – we have met them before! In fact, we took our AEP (Adoption Education Program) together many years ago (which is quite something, because we don’t live in the same area). What are the chances?! How cool is that?!
It was really neat to catch up, and it sure sent a lot of thoughts and concerns flying out the door. We proceeded to chat for the next hour and a half, nearly losing track of time. All of our questions were answered, and I hope many of theirs were as well.
Then we waited. At this point in time the boy’s team (adoption worker, social worker, and foster parents) would be the ones to proceed, as they would need to either pursue another family or send us a formal proposal package.
We got a call last week from our social worker saying that they are happy to send us a formal proposal package by the end of March! Yikes! This thing is getting real everyone! So exciting!!!!!!!!!!
For those that don’t know, a formal proposal package comes from the MCFD, and contains everything on file about the child in question. It is at this point that a family chooses to commit to this child exclusively. We will read this package, and then make an appointment with any doctor or counselor that we feel we need to in order to understand everything fully. Once we are on board with the proposal, we sign it.
Then a plan is made by the child’s team to tell him about us. The team will have our photo/story book that we put together (which I will update to be specifically written to him), and will tell him just a few days before we meet him for the first time. They keep the time in between relatively short because longer time leads to a lot of street and worry for everyone involved.
If all goes smoothly, we could potentially be meeting this young man in March or April!
And I gotta say… he sounds like a pretty cool kid! Obviously I can’t go into much detail in a public blog, but he has a lot of really neat interests and hobbies, and everything we hear about his personality suggests that he has a great sense of humour and is just a special person to be around. I can’t wait to learn more about him, and him about us. And to have finally reached this stage in the process feels so AWESOME!
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers… it may not be the “traditional” meaning, but WE’RE EXPECTING!!! 🙂