We are still approved for adoption by the state of NC. Each month I log on to the websites with photo listings of available children (like http://www.adoptuskids.org) and browse the children listed. Then I choose some kids who would fit with our family and submit their profiles to our social worker so she can submit our home study to the children’s social workers. Then we wait for the children’s social workers to approve us or not. We don’t hear if we are not approved. It’s a long process. It’s frustrating too because from month to month I see kids on the sites that we’ve submitted for. While we wait we go to continuing education classes to keep our foster care license current. Then we start all over the next month.
Here’s what will happen when we are finally approved: we will start visitation with the child(ren). Their social worker will determine how many visits we’ll need to complete. Then, once everyone is comfortable with each other we will be able to bring them home! 6 months or so later the adoption will be final.
So that’s it. That’s what’s going on with us and our never-ending adoption story!