Three’s Company: Beginning Adoption

We have some news in our house!

 

Mmmmm...frosting!

Mmmmm…frosting!

 

Gabriel is officially registered for preschool for next fall. He will attend Zion Lutheran Preschool in Wilton! The preschool teaches a Christian curriculum and is only about 3 blocks from where I work. I have heard nothing but good things about it from everyone I talk to!  We went to their open house and were thoroughly impressed. Great staff, classrooms, and teaching philosophies. He will go on M, W, F for 3 hours in the morning. He’s excited and so are we!

Jeremiah is halfway through his student teaching at North High School in Davenport. He has finals this week and then will enjoy 11 days off for Spring Break (with some work in there)!  He is really doing great working with the high school kids.  He is really a creative teacher and is working hard to set up his curriculum for the next block of classes. 8 weeks to go!

Lucy is becoming more and more of a little lady by the day. She is picking up words EVERYWHERE and constantly either has a baby doll or purse in tow.  She says a new word every day! She loves to assist me with anything and everything and especially loves pulling up a chair next to her big brother to help me cook. 

And onto my blog title……

Jeremiah and I have been contemplating the idea of adoption since Lucy was born. We both feel called to adopt and really would love to grow our family through adoption.  We really both want a large family and would like to achieve this through biological and adopted children.

Sooo…. for months now we have been researching. I have called numerous adoption agencies, spoke to several adoption workers, and mulled over their websites. We have thought about international vs. domestic. How this would change all of our lives.

After comparing costs, wait times, and restrictions, and talking to MANY people who have done this before, we have decided to work through the Iowa KidsNet program with DHS and the foster care system.  We attended an informational (I felt like it was a ‘weed out’ meeting!) meeting about a month ago and signed our names away to be checked for background, criminal, abuse, and any other history that may come up. Good thing ours came back clear!  Next we were fingerprinted at the county jail (G was a bit freaked out that we were at a jail!)and sent those off to be analyzed. So far, so good.

Our next step is the PS-MAPP classes , a series of 10- 3 hr sessions that will teach us everything we need to know about obtaining a license, the adoption legalities, bringing a new child into your home, and post-adoption issues.  We start these April 2. This will include in-depth training, a home study, and further evaluation of us as a family.  We are hoping to be licensed in foster care and adoption, but are only pursuing adoption at this time.  We are told that families usually obtain their adoption license about 4-5 months after beginning the PS-MAPP classes. That would put us around August or September of this fall.

There are still a lot of uncertainties.  We don’t know that there will be any children available for us to adopt right away after we obtain our license; we may have to wait for awhile. We would like G to remain the oldest, so we are hoping for a child age 4 or younger. We are open to male or female, any race or ethnicity, most special needs, and possibly siblings. 

It is amazing to me how many people I know or meet that have experiences with adoption.  At least 3 of my recent patients are foster or adoptive parents.  I have several adopted cousins (you would never guess!), and know many people in the community who have either adopted or been adopted.

I have decided to blog about our journey through this adoption process in a ‘Three’s Company’ series. I feel like it will be really fun to read back on this in a few years and see how far we have come and how much we have learned. I also think it will be great to hear from any readers who have experience or advice in this area to help us along the way! Plus, I didn’t want people to see us with a new child and say, ‘Who’s the kid? You weren’t pregnant!?’ 😉

We are really looking forward to this journey.  I know there will be bumps along the way, but we really hope that this will be a great experience and a child is brought to us sooner than later!

Thanks for reading!

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One thought on “Three’s Company: Beginning Adoption

  1. I am so excited about your adoption journey, and also love the idea of being an aunt to yet another kiddo! I have had many friends ask me to tell you how awesome they think this is, and how excited they are for you too. Love, Aunt Mel

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