So, good news! It turns out that neither Danielle or I are wanted by the FBI or any police force in
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Last night, we met with our social worker. She had a few final questions for us, and, with the information provided by our references, she will be sending her report, recommending us as adoptive parents to the lawyer we have chosen to hire. What a process it’s been so far! The FBI and state background checks were just the start. We both filled out very extensive biographies, had physicals, disclosed all our financial information, and had questionnaires filled out by four references (1 relative, 3 non-related). Now on to the next steps…
So, what’s next? To put it slightly roughly, we get to start advertising. We’ll be compiling a portfolio, which we can distribute through any means possible, which will be used to introduce our family to birthparents. We can advertise in newspapers (like in Juno), through some doctor’s offices and medical clinics, and different routes like that. Our lawyer will keep a copy of the portfolio to give to any birthmothers he is in contact with. My mother, who works for a school district, will bring a copy to the high school councilors. And, as it turns out, one of our most important resources is you, all of our friends and family. If anyone out there knows a girl who is pregnant, and who is considering giving their child up for adoption, please feel free to contact us. We realize, of course, that this is not a decision that is to be taken lightly for the mother, and we definitely don’t want anyone to pressure a girl to give a child up for adoption if that girl isn’t absolutely sure it is the right decision.
We have been so blessed by all of you, and we thank you for your continued support. I don’t think I can truly express the emotions - joy, excitement, even a slight bit of fear - at taking this next step. I am happy to have so many to share this journey with. Hopefully, as things start to become more of a reality, I will be a little better at keeping you all updated.