Thursday, May 26, 2016

Annual Adoption Update

Yesterday was (finally!) our annual update with our adoption agency.  It had to be rescheduled twice, once because I was sick and once because the adoption counsellor couldn't make it.

In past years update meetings were always held at the agency.  This year they have switched things up, and conduct the updates in our homes.  This was a little nerve-wracking for me, because it felt like a homestudy all over again!  Thankfully it ended up being no big deal (I should've known!).

We found out the following stats:
  • We were shown 0 times in our first year of waiting (May 2013 - April 2014).  We already knew this.
  • We were shown 7 times in our second year of waiting (April 2014 - April 2015).  This was a pleasant surprise, because we knew we'd been shown at least three times, but didn't know we'd actually been shown seven times!  We were told that last year was a busy year.
  • We were shown 1 time in our third year of waiting (April 2015 - May 2016).  Although this number sounds low, keep in mind that we put our file on hold for five months, from April -September, so really this is saying we were shown once in eight months (Sept-May).  We do find this number disappointing, but were told that this was a slow year.
One encouraging thing was we found out that our agency is working to expand its reach, and has been working in communities other than the main city it is located in.  Hopefully this will mean more birthparents and adoptive parents will be matched.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you have about the adoption process or about our particular adoption; I enjoy talking about it!

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