1996 - Gabe is born.
1999 - Noah is born.
November - Made decision to adopt through Foster Care. Shared with Boys.
December - Told extended family.
January - Begin paperwork process. Have initial interview. Started constant viewing of available children's gallery across the country.
March - Met our caseworker after going through 2 who did not stay with DHS.
April - Began 9 weeks of DHS Adoption Classes
May - Attended Disney Extravaganza in Little Rock where prospective adoptive families could connect with available children.
June - Classes completed. Caseworker submits home study request. Begin weekly calls to caseworker.
July/August - Established relationship with another caseworker about a particular sibling set in another county. Checked on set regularly.
August 5 - Talked with kids' caseworker. Asked if we would consider 4 & gave particulars. Prayed about it and said YES!
August 8 - Kids' caseworker said we were matched with the 4 pending home study.
October 19 - Home study.
November 11 - Drive to West Helena for 2nd home study visit.
November 21 - Kids' caseworker invites us to Foster Care Fashion Show.
December 3 - Attend Fashion Show in Little Rock. GET TO MEET KIDS!!! They don't know that we are their match.
December 27 - Our caseworker receives home study.
January 3- Kids' caseworker asks for home study.
January 4 - Errors in home study. Corrected & resubmitted.
January 6 - OUR HOME IS OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR ADOPTION.
January 13 - Waiting for ad litem to sign off on home study.
January 18 - Home study brought to our house to sign. SAME errors. Sent back for 2nd time.
January 25 - Home study FINALLY correct. Sent to kids' caseworker.
January 30 - Call both caseworkers and learn HS is missing signature page. Purgatory stinks.
February 16 - HS packet still with ad litem. Learn kids are struggling and need more intense therapy before they can come home. Might be April. :(
February 22 - Receive OFFICIAL MATCH email!! Whoo hoo!! Staffing March 6th.
February 25 - Spa Day with our girls thanks to Project Zero! Check it out on Middle Mom's blog!
February 29 - Kids find out we're their adoptive family! Adoption Specialist says they were thrilled!
March 6 - Selection staffing with team. 4 hours with kids at McDonald's!! Awesomeness!
March 16 - Kids 1st visit. Spends Spring Break with us.
March 25 - Decision made for Hootie to stay permanently to work on behavior while others return to foster homes to finish school year and spend every weekend with us.
April 13 - Kids have stomach virus over weekend. End up spending the next week with us due to illness.
April 23 - Decision made for ALL kids to move in permanently on FRIDAY, 27th!
November 15 - Adoption finalized on National Adoption Day in Little Rock! Our family was part of 2 different news broadcasts. One was great, one was so & so due to editing our comments to fit an agenda. You can see them here and here.
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