"Praise God!", my literal words this morning after reading my e-mail from Lifeline.
We have been waiting about seven months for this day. The last week of October was our last home study meeting (the one that actually takes place in our home, the one I was terrified of!) Since then we have been waiting for a written and approved 'home study' which is a 'report' about our family.
It includes (roughly, for people who may not be aware):
Jon and I's upbringing/history
Criminal backgrounds checks
Current living situation with our daughters
It is incredibly detailed, and they are not afraid to ask personal questions.
I knew it went incredibly well, and the social worker even told me we had past with flying colors! So I was not at all worried about that, but I was concerned when months were passing...and I was hearing nothing. Our social worker that did the actual home study for us left the practice. And more time passed. We have two different agencies. The one that we are only using for the home study and post adoption visits (to be sure the child is settling in well!) , and the agency that is actually our chosen agency that is taking care of it all! The reason we had to have two, is that Lifeline (the chosen agency) is out of state, and the could not come and meet with us personally, or come to our house, so we hired the second agency to fill those roles.
So now we will be dealing only with Lifeline for the rest of the adoption journey!!! ( I am hoping that this too cuts done the waiting time, there will be no more questions between agencies and I will finally be dealing with one person!) Lifeline now has possession of our home study report and approved it!!!
The next step is to finish the 'dossier' (which is a huge stack of paperwork, that includes the home study itself and other legal documents) Please pray that there are no substantial hangups, and that this next mini leg of the race is a smooth one!
Now Fundraising is in full swing! Substantial amounts of money are going to be due soon! And Jon and I are both trusting in God's provision to make a child who is without a family to be part of our family!!! If you are interested in donating please go to our "Puzzle Fundraiser" page!
But the biggest thing I ask is that you pray, pray, pray!
-for the quick completion of our dossier
-that our fundraising is a success
-that our little one knows we are coming for them and that God keeps them healthy in this time of waiting for us!
The Patterson family