Friday, August 29, 2008

We have a date

We finally received permission from the MN Dept of Human Services Commissioner to adopt Baylee & Caleb. Our court hearing is scheduled for the afternoon of September 23rd. Which means, they SHOULD legally become our children on that day. I stress the should, however, because as we have learned, nothing is ever certain.

Our court date with Amata was in mid-July last year, but her adoption wasn't able to be finalized that day because on July 1st there was a law change that all adoptive parents had to be fingerprinted and have a new background check done after the fingerprinting. But, they of course did not have the correct cards to use for that fingerprinting until around July 10th. And of course, since it had not previously been required, they had quite a few to do at that time, so even though they SAID it should only take 5-6 days...ours took three weeks. And when ours did finally come back, the judge was on vacation. And as we all know, when you get back from vacation, there is always a lot of work waiting on your desk, so you can't always get it all done right away. It was mid-August before her adoption was finally done.

However, barring any new law changes between now & then, or any major catastrophes, it should happen on the 23rd. I’m just surprised it’s happened so soon... Caleb won’t turn 2 until the end of October! (24 months is supposed to be the statutory maximum time frame for a child to be in foster care until they are adopted.)

2 comments:

The Brown Gang said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you, it has been a long wait :)

Trish said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes as planned! :)