So today it begins. Officially. A year+ experience that we’ll never forget. A path that will change our lives forever. A road that leads to our daughter.
As of tonight, we’ve submitted our initial applications for adoption!
The first step of this journey is to decide which adoption agencies we’ll work with. For most families adopting, there are two organizations involved in the process: the first is the home study agency (typically a local non-profit equipped with social workers to “evaluate” you to become eligible). The second is an international placing agency, who works with you and your home study agency to actually refer and place the child. Additionally, the placing agency typically has either offices or relationships in China, so they help with all the details involved in getting your paperwork overseas, translations, travel arrangements, and in-country support.
We’re so blessed to have found a wonderful home study agency right in our beloved neighborhood, just 1.2 miles down the road here in East Nashville. It’s called Miriam’s Promise (www.miriamspromise.org). It’s a 25-year-old agency based inside a historic church, and they offer pregnancy help, parenting training, and adoption services. We had our intake meeting last Tuesday and met the woman who will be our main point of contact, a wonderful social worker named Tami. We instantly felt the positive vibes and knew we would welcome the organization into our lives. Because Miriam’s will handle our home study and post placement visits (a series of “check-ins” after we bring our child home, lasting for years due to China’s requirement)... having a social worker we feel comfortable with is an important thing. After multiple interviews, a home visit, required parenting classes, and check-ups in the coming years… Tami will become a big part of our lives, and we couldn’t feel more at ease.