Answering God's call to care for the orphans by patiently dealing with the red tape of domestic adoption.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Please fill out these forms
When we first started our pre-service training, we were given lots of papers to fill out. When we finished our training, we were given the mother load of papers to fill out! I answered questions from "what is your mother's maiden name?" to "What do you like most about your husband?" It spanned several pages and was exausting. As if that wasn't enough, once that was complete, I had to write a several pages long autobiography about my whole life; from birth to now.
To give you an idea of how welcoming I was to this portion of the process, as of this writing, three of my kids have diarrhea and are throwing up. I prefer that to the paperwork.
I know these things are necessary and that's why I screamed and ranted the whole time I had to do the stupid thing happily complied with what was asked of me. The agency has a hard job to do. They have custody of kids that were taken away from their parents under awful circumstances. Their futures are in jeopardy. Their job is to choose their new parents. That's a tall order. I don't want that job. Ewwwww. So the best way for them to do an impossible job is to get as much information as they possibly can about the people that show up claiming to be good moms and dads.
So I still think it's annoying totally understand the reason for the countless hours of reading, writing, answering, and references. In the end, it's one more evidence to our future children that we worked hard for them. And they're worth something....and it's more than about a forest full of paper and an octopus full of ink.