Over the past year or two there has been a lot of governmental attention given to adoption and the adoption process. Most significantly the decision to streamline the approval process has greatly reduced the amount of time it takes for a prospective adopter to be approved. This was billed as being necessary because there weren't enough … Continue reading The State of Adoption
So, we have our children Placed with us. That's the technical term 'Placed' - as in they have a Placement Order so they can be Placed with prospective adoptive parents. Yes, that's technically what we still are. When does that change? The answer to that varies depending on the age of the children, how settled … Continue reading What Happens Next?
The final assessment session (7) has been completed. We're now on the countdown towards our approval panel date. The subjects of this session were "Identity" and (yet again) "Child Care". Identity was a little bit woolly to begin with, and attempting to define what I considered to be my identity was odd. Eventually, to make … Continue reading The Final Countdown
Stage 2 Adoption Assessment: Session 4 - a one on one interview with the social worker. This was the first session where I felt a bit anxious beforehand. I was fine until OH (who had his the day before mine) told me a couple of the questions that he was asked. My response being "I have … Continue reading The Interrogation?
Adoption Stage 2 Assessment Session 3 - this was far more innocuous than I thought it was going to be. Nothing controversial and nothing even remotely presumptuous about how we live our lives. We were asked about how we spend our evenings, what our favourite films, music and books were and that kind of thing. … Continue reading Lifestyle Assessment
Education, Work, Drugs, Smoking and Alcohol - a heady mix for our second session with the social worker! We talked through our education and how we found school in general, including whether we were bullied and how we handled it, and how that would translate into dealing with the bullying of a child of our … Continue reading Stage 2 Assessment – Session 2
Stage 2 has officially started. We had a 2.5 hour session with the social worker talking about our relationship and support networks. We were asked questions about how we met, why we think our relationship works, how it might change when we have children, and things like that. Nothing massively intrusive, just a kind of … Continue reading Stage 2 Assessment – Session 1
This week has seen some good and bad from the adoption agency. I think there may be some cracks in their seemingly well organised processes. We received an email from the 'Training Team' about the preparation group we are booked on next week, which detailed where it is and what time to get there, along … Continue reading Cracks?
Good news everyone! We've been accepted into the adoption process. What's more, the adoption agency actually managed to reply to us within the maximum time-frame they had allotted themselves. Now the process begins in earnest. Welcome to Stage 1 of the Adoption Approval Process. We had been expecting a phone call to confirm whether or … Continue reading Information Overload