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who else is adopting through foster care? Lets support each other through this roller coaster

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Hi - we are currently trying to do a private domestic adoption but these days are phone isn't ringing much. I have started to think about foster care and how it works. Was curious to hear some people's experiences.
Patty
I've adopted 2 children through the foster system. Long road, definitely worth every sweat and tear. We finalized our second adoption last month (May 2009).
Hubby and I plan to attend the orientation meeting to begin the foster adopt process this Saturday. We will be going through a local state-contracted agency here in AZ. In the meantime, we are already certified to adopt in the state of AZ and have inquired about several children in other states after finding them in various photo listings. I'm grateful for this opportunity to have resources who have been through the process already!
Hey, I'm new. We're hoping to adopt waiting children from the foster care system, but we're not foster-adopting per se. We have the clearance if the home state of the child we're matched with requires it, but we're with an agency and not a foster family with DSS. It's kind of an in-between situation... we've only been inquiring on kids for a month with no positive replies so far, so we don't know yet how this will all play out.

Anyone else doing "foster" adoption this way or are we sort of unique? As I've been reading all kinds of blogs and support groups I feel like we're kind of in an unusual situation...
Hey, we are currently on the waiting list to get into PRIDE. I am finding the process even more frustrating than adopting internationally (we are also in line for China), though we believe it will ultimately be worth it :)
Hi! I am a foster mother and am praying that I get to adopt my daughter soon. I think foster adoption is a great option. Everyone at DHR has been very helpful and supportive through this whole process. You can check out www.adoptuskids.org to see some of the waiting children.
Hi! We are doing foster to adopt. We are going through a private agency rather than going directly through the county. One of the major reasons is that the agency works with numerous counties in the state of Colorado which gives us more options. We have been licensed for almost a month.
Hi
Im a single mum to my adopted 5 year old - adopted thru foster care as well.
I met him at the age of 3 weeks when he came into the unit where I work as he had health concerns. Over the next 20 months he was in the care of a couple from my church. For health reasons he moved homes and I became his relief foster parent. When it became apparent that he would be ready of adoption, I started seriously thinking about it, and finally started the process 2 years ago. I would do it all over, despite the challenges we had and are still facing. I am hoping to move closer to family so that he can be a real part of my wider family
We adopted our twin girls in October. They are almost 7.
Like Joi-C said, it was worth it, but it was a long and painful 16 months! There should definitely be more post-adoption support for those of us who adopt through the state. There are so many issues...
We adopted through the foster care system... and oh what a roller coaster it was!! Good luck, I feel for ya. It's worth it though. *hugs*
I second this. I know when my social worker came I really didnt want to let her know that we werent having an easy time. FOr the issues I did bring up she had no solution.
I would like to see them or maybe here, start up a problem resource group - meaning people who have certain issues can link to those who are or have dealt with those issues. I would have loved someone to talk to about constipation or eating issues, but couldnt really find anyone. I have a son whose 2 sisters were also failure to thrive and with his cardiac issues, its an ongoing issue. Most people say - oh thats all kids when I know its also due to being in foster care.

Natalie said:
We adopted our twin girls in October. They are almost 7.
Like Joi-C said, it was worth it, but it was a long and painful 16 months! There should definitely be more post-adoption support for those of us who adopt through the state. There are so many issues...
My husband and I are adopting through the foster care system. I think the ink is still drying on our certification bht our social worker told us we will start fielding calls as early as August. Nervous doesn't even begin to describe it! I have three bio children but I don't think I ever anticipated their arrival as much as this one :-)

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