The Adoption Process for me
Why did I adopt ?
I have thought about Adoption for many, many years and was put off by the stories of 'how long it takes'.
Then someone I worked with did it and said it took 12 months! I was surprised and this is where my journey started.!
Exploring the idea and Stage One
The starting point, the training sessions and meeting your social worker (SW).
This is my representation of exploring the idea and moving into stage One.
Read about the early stages of the process, 'that' initial phone call, the first meeting with the agency (local council) and the next steps and completing stage one..
What is Stage Two all about and how long it takes?
The nitty-gritty point, endless sessions and yes intrusion in every detail of your life!
This is where all the probing and said intrusions are. But rightly so......! and it helps with the matching process.
Honesty is the best policy for sure.
Read about the assessment, SW visits, police checks and full medical check.
Approval Panel and Matching Panel
This sounds scary already doesn't it, but trust me its not as bad as it seems.
This is where I thought I'd be most scared and nervous but I wasn't.!
I don't like 'interviews' but I was prepared and confident, as I knew I wasn't being set up to fail.
Read about how I felt during these panel dates, the lead up and what to expect.
Matching & Meeting
The waiting game to be 'matched' and the long awaited introduction stages!
This is probably the hardest part of it all for me. As much as my Social Worker had prepared me, this was a waiting game..... the endless thoughts of 'why aren't I getting picked' but I kept holding on, knowing I shouldn't rush things.
I'm a great believer in 'it will happen when its right' and then finally the introduction stage makes it all worth it!
This is my story and in no way represents the process for everyone.