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This started out as a blog about our domestic adoption. So all of the older posts are about that journey. It was an interesting one, and it led us to our son, Jacob. My dream since I was a little girl was typical of most little girls. I wanted to get married, and have children and be a stay at home Mom. Although, not a very popular choice for a profession now a day, I find it very rewarding. As a matter of fact, every day is an adventure! I've been told personally that the stay at home Mom profession isn't 'work', but spend a day with me and you'll see just how much 'work' it is!!! It's blessed work!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

More steps...

We got all of our papers in the homestudy in and Alli is going to get them to her supervisor and once they are approved by her, we get a hard copy and it is finished!
SO we were thinking that the next part was signing the contract and giving them a chunk of money; however, that is NOT what is next. They recommend you read their little handbook before filling out your preferences/wishes concerning the child and the birth mother. So I read the manual (100 pages worth), then scanned the blank pages. So according to the manual there are a few more steps to take before the contract and money, which I'm actually really happy about. If I have something to do, that means I have more to do than just sitting and waiting. SO I'm really pysched! So the next steps are:
1. Turning in the application for the Agency with the application fee (waived)
2. Filling out the APQ (Adoption Planning Questionaire) attaching a couple pictures and
turning it in.
3. Meeting with our newly appointed Adoptive Family Specialist for a question & answer time.
4. Writing our profile and finding 50+ pictures to send to the the Media Specialist
5. The Media Specialist has no more than 2 weeks to get the proof back to us for our approval,
then we are ready for contract and activation.
We become active 24 hours after they receive our contract and fee. We are then shown to the birth mothers and we could be matched at any time after that.
I am mailing the application tomorow. Our adoption coordinator, Wade, waived the application fee because he said that we got to come in and visit in person, opposed to most people who hire them who just do things by email or phone. So we saved $ 200. SO, we will mail that tomorrow, we filled out the 'favorite' part of the profile (70 things that were our favorites), we filled out most of the APQ, the rest we have to talk about and decide (e.g. illnesses or medical conditions of the birth mother and immediate family), we also have to write a bunch of mini-essays for the profile. It should be interesting. Anyway, I can't wait to get started!

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