We just completed the adoption training hours that are required for your home study process in the state of Colorado, and that above phrase really sums up what we came away with. The moment of adoption is just the beginning! This is a journey that will last a lifetime! After going through all of the different training they had us do both in person and online, we really feel like we are going in to this adoption with our eyes wide open. We feel like our focus has shifted so much from us and what the process is to us, to Ezra and what this means for her and how it will affect the rest of her life. We feel very excited and more prepared to keep moving forward in this process! We would honestly encourage everyone who is considering adoption or has adopted to go through any training adoption agencies provide! The tools and resources we have available to us today are priceless!
So, you may be wondering where exactly we are in the whole process right now. Well, this Friday and Saturday are our last two home study interviews and will complete everything needed on our end for our home study! As of next week, the only thing holding up our home study will be our background check from the state of Colorado. Once that comes in (hopefully the end of this month or beginning of June), they can send our completed home study to Holt (our adoption agency), and we will be home study approved! As soon as that happens, we will do a quick home study update in South Carolina with all of our new info and a South Carolina background check, and then we'll be able to move on to the international paperwork! Once the international paperwork is done (this process should be a TON shorter then our home study process), we'll be placed on the waiting list to be matched with our little girl!!!
We are very excited about what this summer will hold for us! By the end of the summer, we should be officially on the waiting list and then the waiting starts! But first, we need to move and complete a little more paperwork. Bring it on! :-D