Friday, July 18, 2008

Pre-Adoption Drama

We are in the midst of trying to adopt our foster son, who is the biological brother to our oldest son. Our other three sons are adopted also, and their journeys to becoming ours weren't near as long and arduous as this one! We were called in January 2007 and asked if we would be interested in fostering and possibly adopting DS#1's younger brother. We prayed and talked it over and decided that it would be best to keep them together, since FS was aware of his big brother and wanted to live with him. Being that he was only 6 years old at the time, he didn't really understand the concept. I think he just thought he was going to visit his brother that his birth mom told him about, but didn't realize that this meant she wasn't going to be around anymore. Several months went by with little to no contact from DFPS, when finally we got a call in June 2007 that his mother was missing. Relatives were "claiming" that they were unaware of her whereabouts, but the caseworkers felt that she deliberately dropped out of the picture once she knew that he would be going to be with his brother. Her rights were finally terminated in December of 2007 (dad could never be found, so his rights were terminated automatically) and FS became available for adoption. The case has dragged on and on due to the fact that he came from The River City, where we previously lived and adopted the others, and we live in Cowtown now, which is in another region of DFPS. In a perfect world, departments under the same agency in the same state would work together to get things done. But, as we all know, this is not a perfect world, and none of that has happened yet! None of the workers "know" anything and don't try to find out until I start making phone calls and bugging people to do their jobs. I just pray that this will all be over soon (they claim by the end of July) and in time for him to begin school on August 25th with a new last name!


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