Delays and waiting are the name of the game in the adoption world. Endless waiting is what I’d expected from this process based on the experiences of friends who have adopted. So, for things to go much much quicker than planned? I’m shocked and surprised, and just so thankful. We were about to post a request for prayer for this here, and before we could write a post, God answered!
We submitted a huge amount of paperwork ten days ago. We mailed it a-la snail mail to our agency in Victoria on a Friday, and by Monday morning they had it and were processing it. This week we received results from both our Saskatchewan and my Ontario Prior Contact Checks already (a process that took two weeks instead of the expected six to eight). And now, only ten days after submitting our stage two paperwork, we have been assigned a social worker. Not only that, she called me today, and we have our first homestudy date planned and we are ready to begin!
To back up a bit for those not in the adoption world, it can take months to be assigned a social worker here (they are private and contracted out by adoption agencies and apparently there are not enough of them to go around!), so the fact that our paperwork has already been processed, and that a social worker has been assigned to us, and that we have spoken with her and set up our first meeting already, is ah-mazing!
PLUS, she attends a great local church, is the same age as me, and has three kids the same ages as ours! She sounds lovely and I’m so thrilled. (I’ve been praying for her since we began this process. I’ve always been super intimidated by the idea of a homestudy and a social worker deciding the fate of our family!) Things are moving right along – quicker than anticipated! I can’t imagine a better scenario, and I’m so thankful for God’s hand in this.
Thank you for your continued prayers, dear friends. We feel them, and are so thankful. We appreciate prayer specifically that the new letters being sent to the Guinean government actually get to them this time, and that we can officially move forward with adoption from this country. We are getting together with friends soon to plan a big fundraiser event for later this fall, and appreciate prayer for wisdom and creativity as we plan. And of course, please continue to pray for our little one, and the Source of Life Infant Rescue Centre in Guinea.