Sunday, August 16, 2009

Reality Check

We finally had our adoption orientation at the Gladney Center for Adoption. It's such a beautiful facility. There were about twenty other couples there with us from many different states. The majority were from Houston and Dallas, but three couples were from New York! There were also couples from Louisiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Colorado. The couple from Louisiana was at our table, and we became very close with them before the day was over. We had quite a bit in common with them with the main thing being she and Brandt are both Gladney adoptees. We thought that was really cool. We have their contact information to stay in touch throughout the adoption process.

Reality check...

I guess I thought the whole process was not going to take that long, since we were preliminary accepted so quickly. Not the case. It seems to take 3-4 months to apply, be approved and complete the homestudy. After that, it's a waiting game and no one can give us an estimated time. It seems the average wait time after approval is at least one year. They did not sugar-coat anything. They were upfront and honest, which we appreciated but frustrated us at the same time. They currently have 99 waiting parents +21 at orientation and had about 119 adoptions last year. They will have more orientations before the year is over. Competition is stiff. We did get to meet 3 birthmoms who gave each us some advice. The best advice was to make your profile book stand out by showing who you really are and don't make your profile book generic to appeal to everyone. If it's generic, it's going to get overlooked. The girls were very sweet, and the one who had already given birth was really funny. The application book is not too long. We have most of it done. We have 30 days to turn it in if we want the $300 fee to apply towards our agency fees. We are trying to stay on the ball. After applying, the next step is the homestudy!

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