I haven’t made an adoption update in a while. So, briefly, here’s where we are:
We have completed our three state-required post placement visits, and at least six months have passed since we brought Wren home from the hospital. This means that we can take the next steps to make this adoption official. Our lawyer started the legal pleadings with the Circuit Court Judge who will review and (hopefully) endorse our case. (There’s also a few things that need to be done with the Commissioner of Social Services, the health department, and the agency which our lawyer will also handle.) Once this is done, our lawyer will file the Final Order of Adoption again with the Circuit Court Judge. At this step, our lawyer informs us that the Judge “merely needs to enter the Final Order of Adoption for it to become effective.”
Our current official status is that we are foster parents who are intending to adopt. We still need to report to the agency when we plan to leave the state for any length of time and if there is a medical emergency. Also, her name isn’t really official. We don’t have her birth certificate yet. Etc. Hopefully, by year’s end, we will be Wren’s parents in the eyes of the law.
This last part of the adoption process is a very important step that usually gets glossed over in lieu of the initial paperwork, the approval process, the waiting, the referral, the placement, etc. I guess because it’s not as fun signing paperwork written in legalese and writing more checks. And, hopefully just hopefully, because it is more of a sure process.