I was super excited to see this in my inbox today!
Looks like our preliminary application was accepted, and we now have our very own portal! Woo-hoo!! (What does that mean?!?)
The e-mail also said that our adoption specialist would be contacting us to guide us through our next steps. That means we will be ready to submit our formal application soon. One step closer to “officially” starting the process!
It’s been just a little over a month since we sent off our preliminary application. One hold-up for us was the fact that, upon reviewing it, the director wanted more information about my Type 1 diabetes. It took a bit for the paperwork to be sent to my doctor and sent back. I was a little nervous about it — not because I’m not in great control, but because of an incident I had with DKA back in January that landed me in the hospital (the first time it’s happened in the 15 years I’ve had diabetes). I wasn’t sure what they would think of that… What if they don’t think I’m capable of being a mother?? But waiting for me in the mail when I got home was a copy of what my endocrinologist had sent back to them — what a great note! Such a relief!
A few things we have learned in this process so far:
- It doesn’t hurt to ask. When I called Bethany to get the preliminary application mailed to us (which was the next step described to us), I simply asked if it was possible to get it via e-mail. Not a problem at all; we received it that day, printed it and filled it out that night, and were ready to mail it off the next day. It might have only saved a day or two’s time, but every day adds up when you’re looking at the process as a whole! I also just thought to ask if the paperwork from my doctor could be faxed in instead of mailed. No problem either! I gave them the fax number from Bethany and BAM — another day saved.
- Expect the unexpected. No matter what, it’s still probably going to take longer than you think. For example, we were not expecting to need a witness to sign a couple things so far. (Thankfully, I was able to grab a friend on a Friday morning the day I mailed off our prelim.)
In other news, we had two showings of our condo last week and got a call today for another one tomorrow. It’s been on the market since June, so the showings are starting to lose their excitement — but one of these days, one of them has to be the one! It will be interesting to see how God aligns the timing of our adoption process and our getting into a house. We’ll keep you posted!