Below is our adoption timeline, with links to more informative posts about certain events. Every family has a unique adoption journey, with unique circumstances and challenges along the way. During this timeframe we have been considered for many different potential adoption situations, so many that we’ve lost count. Many were expectant moms looking to place their babies at birth. Most were babies, toddlers, and young children, currently in foster care and in need of an adoptive family. It has been an emotional roller coaster as we’ve trusted and pleaded, with God to grow our family in His way, and on His timeline. One of the most popular posts on this blog is Adoption is Plan A, and gives insight into our heart behind adoption.
We are still waiting, we are still trusting, and God is still good. Here is our story so far.
**UPDATE: Our Family Has Grown**
3/8/2011 – Attended our first informational meeting about domestic/international adoption at Bethany Christian Services in Pittsburgh, PA.
7/4/2011 – Officially decided to move forward with a domestic infant adoption with BCS. Why domestic adoption?
8/4/2011 – Formal application approved with BCS. Exciting Announcement.
11/7/2011 – Paperwork complete and we can begin the homestudy! Paperwork done!
11/21/2011 – First homestudy visit in our home. Our need is great, but God is greater.
1/26/2012 – Homestudy is approved! However, our file was put on hold until we had reached half of our financial goal. Homestudy approved!
2/21/2012 – Our family profile went live on the BCS website.
3/12/2012 – Our financial goal was completely met! God provided every penny that we needed to adopt through BCS’s domestic infant program. Our need was great, but God is greater. The “no update” update.
5/16/2012 – Our hearts were open to adopting a child older than an infant, as we pursued a two year old in need of a family. It didn’t work out with this little boy, but we officially opened our age range with BCS to toddler aged children. Opening our hearts.
9/8-22/2012 – Attended three weeks of SWAN (Statewide Adoption Network) training, with the state of PA. Summer recap and adoption thoughts.
9/24/2012 – Received a phone call from a friend/woman in our church, who lovingly challenged us to open our age range a bit more. After much prayer, we opened our age range a bit more, considering “foster to adopt” situations of young school aged children.
10/2012-3/2013 – We were considered for the majority of the 40+ situations during this time. It felt like one would fall through, and another was there waiting for us to pray about and consider. Each time we were told “no” and trusted that God has something for us that we can’t even imagine. Being real.
4/16/2013 – We moved to Connecticut, and Adam took a new worship pastor job at Southbury Baptist Church! A surprise leading to New England.
4/30/2013 – We met with our new BCS caseworker in Danbury, CT, intending to continue our adoption with them. Due to circumstances out of our control, certain laws, and finances, we decided it would be best to begin the adoption process in CT with a new agency that would better fit our needs and preferences. Ch-ch-changes (aka adoption update from CT). Our greatest wait.
5/6/2013 – Our first inquiry with Family and Children’s Agency in Norwalk, CT!
5/13/2013 – Met with the domestic adoption caseworker from FCA, and find ourselves very impressed with the agency, and incredibly encouraged to pursue an adoption through the state of CT. We are very excited to pursue an adoption through the foster care system, with the help of this fantastic private agency. Lord willing we will be placed with a child under the age of five, or a sibling group of two!
6/14/2013 – Our adoption application, clearances, and huge stack of paperwork is complete and mailed in to FCA. The second time around was much quicker and easier!
7/8/2013 – Our case worker visited us at my parent’s home, where we are currently living. This was the final step in the homestudy process! 7 Tips for your adoption wait.
8/2013 – Asking for prayer as we wait for the last pieces of paperwork to arrive. Read here for more about our specific request, and our recent openness to consider adopting three children.
8/26/2013 – All of our paperwork is in, and we’re approved! We’re finally waiting again to be matched with a child, or sibling group.
12/18/2013 – Received a call from our case worker that we had been matched with a sibling group. This situation ultimately fell through after moving forward with it for about six weeks. The story of Our Failed Adoption Match.
1/27/2014 – Waiting for a match again. Dear hopeful adoptive mom who may be losing hope…
7/21/2014 – Our Family Has Grown!