So I Called The Adoption Agency
As promised (see post here) we made the call. It was interesting.
I called and then reported back to my husband.
- I felt as though they didn’t really want to meet with us, rather they wanted me to read their website. Clearly, I’ve read every single word on their website. I’ve probably read every single word at least 4 or 5 times in the last year! Maybe, we are atypical in that contacting the adoption agency was a very late step in our process?
- I felt compelled to explain that we’ve read the website, and have met with other adoptive parents who have used their organization and that we are really looking for more information as we work to decide if we want to adopt. We are wanting to know more about how there organization works, what our adoption options are, etc. We want to know more than just what is available online. Once I explained this, she did seem to warm up to me.
- She suggested we arrange an information meeting with one of the social workers and then potentially attend one of the weekend seminars. She mentioned that some people go into the seminar knowing that adoption is for them, and others go into undecided. Either way is completely fine. This was reassuring and nice to hear both because this statement acknowledged my comment about being unsure if adoption is for us, and because it gave us an idea of what our next steps are if we choose to continue to investigate adoption.
- The social worker I talked to didn’t sound like the brightest person in the world which annoyed me. We will be meeting with her, so hopefully my first impression is not accurate because it will drive us nuts to talk to someone who we don’t really like.
So, the next steps are an information meeting with a social worker and then a weekend seminar should we chose to attend one. They are offered once every few months in our city.
It will definitely be interesting to see where this leads.
We want to give the option of adoption fair chance, and in order to do that we must not be controlled by our fears. So, as we take the next step we are committing ourselves to being open to possibilities.
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