Our home study process officially began last Tuesday, the 4th, when we received our home study packet. Lord willing, by next Tuesday afternoon, the 18th, when our social worker comes for her scheduled home visit, we will have done all we can do for our home study, and could have the draft in our hands by the end of next week.
All the clearances for our home study have come back already except one.
We have already gotten a start on the next step–our dossier requirements.
We are pushing hard, but it doesn’t feel like we’re pushing, because God has been quietly, undramatically, and unmistakeably clearing the way before us.
He has been providing just the funds we need at just the right time, just the way we like it best! Thank you to everyone who has given–God has used every one of your gifts to help keep this process moving fast, since several large fees are coming due close together.
Next post will announce the details of the $1000 matching gift challenge!
Some of you will remember that when we set out to adopt Katie, we were turned down by the first home study agency we called, due to their prejudice against large families.
When I called the next agency on the list, I asked for a specific social worker that our friend Stephanie Carpenter had recommended.
After our first experience, I was braced for another negative reaction, but the social worker immediately let us know that she was very open to working with us. And since that time, she has been incredible to work with, both during Katie’s adoption and now for Tommy’s adoption.
But it wasn’t until last week that we learned where her radically different perspective comes from.
She told me, “I come from a big family myself, and I totally get how big families work. You would run into trouble with the other social workers in this agency, but not with me.”
Not only that, she went on to say, but she has seven adopted siblings, five of whom have special needs, including cerebral palsy.
Now she’s not only our supportive home study social worker, but also another valuable voice of experience and rich source of information for our family!
…speaking of a trusted voice of experience and source of information…
If you have considered adopting a child with cerebral palsy or other brain damage from Pleven or a similar situation, but you are hesitating because you can’t picture what life would look like with a significantly needy child, our good friend Stephanie Carpenter is eager to hear from you.
She wrote, “Let families know that they may contact me to know more about certain kids from a professional side but also from an experienced personal side…I LIVE IT EVERYDAY…live it with special needs in my home…live it with the burden of having seen it with my own eyes and I AM BURNING inside and want to get word out!!!! I have experience with having been to Pleven, and experience with severely brain injured children and severe cerebral palsy.”
So please email Stephanie with your questions regarding bringing home a child with significant needs and what that may mean in real life~
The best news of all?
Tiny five year old Adam, waiting in Pleven, is recovering well from his shunt surgery at Tokuda Hospital, AND he has a wonderful family!!!!!
Remember the little four year old twins in Pleven? Brody and Braddock have an amazing family, too!!!!!
As if that wasn’t good news enough for one day…!
I know of eight–eight!–more children with special needs in Pleven who now have families coming for them!!!!! (I can post more when I receive official word that they have been officially matched with their families.)
Praise the Lord with me!
He will bring justice to the poor of the people!
He will save the children of the needy, and break in pieces the oppressor!
For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
The poor also, and him who has no helper!
He will spare the poor and needy,
And will save the souls of the needy!
He will redeem their life from oppression and violence;
And precious shall be their blood in His sight!
Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel,
Who only does wondrous things!