This morning I had some free time on my hands and decided to go shop for a new dress for Primo's adoption hearing. I'm not a dress person, I'm not a dress up type at all, but there I was trying on a dress that I felt good in and I thought would be perfect.
My cell phone started ringing and my first thought was "this better be an adoption date call!" I shuffled through the pile of clothes on the bench of the dressing room and finally found my phone.
What do you know? It was our agency adoption worker with a date for Primo's adoption. In 3 weeks we will officially and legally be Primo's family.
I quickly called Mike who claimed as soon as his phone rang he knew it was the adoption date call! I spent the next few minutes texting our kids, then our extended family. I was delighted with each congratulatory and happy text I received as I bought my dress and then headed to the a children's store to buy Primo an adoption day outfit.
The long wait is over. I was even able to cancel our DH$ adoption worker's visit for next week because she comes out once a month and he will be adopted by the end of October so there's no need for her to come see him. This means I probably only have one social worker visit left. Primo's foster care social worker sees him twice a month and her first visit of October is planned for later this week.
I was ecstatic for a few hours after that call and then I felt exhausted. I will be so relieved and happy when Primo's adoption is complete. No more social workers! We've been having 4 visits a month since June.
I'm tired just thinking about all we've done to care for Primo over the past 3 years. The end of all the foster care craziness, family visits, paperwork, social worker visits, documentation, permission for travel an all of the uncertainty is near. The finish line is in sight, I can see freedom from the system for all of us.