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Adoption Awareness Month

This is my favorite time of the year. Seriously. The next two months include my favorite holidays, are filled with wonderful memories of holidays past, and just seem like a magical time of year where anything can happen. But this year this month is even more special because November is Adoption Awareness Month.

Adoption Awareness
I first became aware of foster care and adoption when I was three or four years old. It was at that age that my parents began taking care of foster children. Imagine my child-like delight at often having babies in our house! We mostly took in infants but we also took some older kids and a couple of pregnant mothers. Watching my parents open our home this way planted a seed in my mind that someday I would like to do something like this as well.

As a former teacher I encountered too many kids who were not living with their biological parents for a variety of reasons and my heart just broke for this kids who were dealing with so much instability in their lives.

When I started to think about my adoption journey I knew my route would be through the foster/adopt process. My whole heart believes that these kiddos need a loving home and I believe I can provide that for them. I am excited to share more about my adoption journey in the coming months and years! Adoption Quote 1

Frequently Asked Questions

In the two months since I shared that I began the adoption process I have gotten a lot of questions about this process and so I wanted to take a minute to answer some of the most commonly asked questions…and if you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments or email them to me!

When will you be getting your child?

That’s a great question! And unfortunately I don’t know the answer. It won’t happen until after the holidays but then it could happen anytime. It could be January. It could be July. It could be next September.

Do you want a…boy/girl/baby/toddler/etc?

I do have some ideas on what age child I will take but my thoughts on this aren’t set in stone. I have prayed, and continue to do so, that I’m matched with exactly the child/ren who are supposed to have me for a mommy. As part of this whole process I have communicated with the county what my preferences are but again, nothing is set in stone.

How soon will they be considered “yours”?

From the day I get that precious child I will not treat them any differently than I would treat a biological child. But to be considered legally my child could take a couple of years. When the child is first placed in my home they will be a foster child and so this does come with the risk that they could be reunited with their first family. I don’t have any illusions that this will be an emotionally easy journey, but I am beyond confident that it is what I am supposed to be doing right now.

Where are you at right now in the process?

Right now I am going through the home study process, which means interviews, a few more classes, and a home inspection. I am also putting together a nursery, which is a little bit tricky since I don’t know if I’m getting a newborn, a six-month old, or what! So if you have any suggestions for must-have baby/toddler essentials…feel free to leave them in the comments below!

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