We received some exciting news!
The search for our child has begun! After 18 long months, we're FINALLY in the Lilliput system as an available family! Our homestudy process is complete and we've done everything necessary to become certified foster and adoptive parents. For those not caught up on our journey to this point, I'll post our entire process soon.
We are beyond thrilled to have reached this juncture. It's here that the wait really begins. In a nutshell, if our social worker sees a potential child match, she'll send their social worker our homestudy. However, she will not tell us each time she sends our homestudy, as often, it may not lead anywhere and may only get our hopes up. We have certain parameters of the child we are looking for and if she finds one that falls a bit outside of these, she will present them to us. If there is a good match (and both sides agree,) we will likely meet with the child's social worker and go from there.
Many people ask me the timeframe on this process. And I honestly have NO idea. That is a little disheartening, but it's part of the package. It could be two months, nine months, a year, or even longer.
We have no control over this situation and while that's hard, I'm just so happy that we've finished the homestudy process. It was a long road and a big hurdle in our foster-to-adopt process. As before, we will (patiently) wait and live our lives as normal, enjoying our flexible schedule. It's hard waiting for something you really want, but don't know when it'll come. Experience has taught me that things happen when there supposed to. And, when it's our time, we'll be ready.