Here's a quick update on our process of adopting Lily.
It's been two and a half years since we started fostering our little angel Lily. And as many of you know we have been wanting to adopt her for a long time now. One requirement for adopting from China is that you must be 30 years old. Well... this year both Heather and I will be turning 30 and we are wanting to start the process of adopting our girl.
So where are we at with this? Well we've started to put together paperwork and this month we will have a case worker come to our home to conduct a home study. This is an important step in the process of adopting a child. Right now we're working at preparing all the documents needed for the home study and getting our background checks done. Its a lot of work, but I try to not let it become overwhelming and just focus on one thing at a time. Or as the saying goes "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."
After the home study is done (and assuming they say we're fit to adopt) we will still need to prepare more documents and hopefully we will turn our paperwork in at the end of this year (when Heather turns 30). From that point it could be anywhere from 6 months to a year before we're matched with Lily and are able to travel back to the States as a family. (Again, this is assuming the process goes smoothly, which is not a guarantee.)
I hope this gives you a little insight into what we're looking at.