When adoptive parents talk about the 'paperchase' I always thought...how hard can it be?
Trust me when I say I'm not able to think of an application process more tedious than this one has been and we are not even CLOSE to being finished! My state is notorious for the ridiculous amount of information necessary to apply for the bar exam...that experience was like a walk in the park compared to what we are doing right now.
Of course, the return on our investment with this process will be leaps and bounds above those I have received from being permitted to sit for the bar exam. We also are benefited by some great friends willing to write letters of recommendation at the drop of a hat as well as another who let us invade his office today like a bad episode of the Keystone Cops...copying, notarizing, signing...REPEAT!
I don't mean to sound like a whiner (although I'm very good at it!), but I do like to keep it real. I have had several prospective adoptive parents who visit this site and take comfort in seeing what is coming next for them. It feels good to check things off the list, but there always seems to be another step...I just keep reminding myself it's one step closer to M3. And, for those facing their own paperchase, I doubt it would be this complicated if it weren't for my husband's impending deployment.
Our group of those joining the 4,000 continues to grow! This weekend, we visited home and had the equivalent of 13 people join our number. This week alone, we have had the equivalent of 6 people join and our totals have jumped to the equivalent of 353. One of the 6 is a fellow law school graduate who, like me, had to wait a bit to find a great job...I'm glad she's done waiting, even if I'm still looking! Another who joined us this week is a friend from high school who recently reconnected with us on Facebook. Thank you! We are so appreciative to those of you who wish to be involved in our journey and we can't wait to tell M3 all about those who joined in our dream.
We keep chipping away at the paperwork and it won't be long before our homestudy is written, then finalized, then approved...then, our next big step will be sending our dossier through the rounds for authentication. Whooo boy.