I’m starting to feel like a bit of a blogger slacker since I haven’t posted anything in over 3 weeks but I can assure you it’s NOT because I haven’t had any adoption or foster care issues at the forefront of my mind- I just haven’t sat down to write about them (at least publicly) and/or I am hesitant to disclose too much about what’s going on in this personal area of my life because things are so uncertain at this point in time.
The truth is that my family and I have been spending a lot of time bonding and attaching with a specific child over the past couple of months. Not with a new foster placement, not with a baby or child placed with us through our adoption agency, but with a child who we “might” be able to adopt through a private adoption. That’s the precise reason why I haven’t written about it yet- because “might” is only “maybe”- it’s no guarantee.
This is exactly where we’re at right now- not with a “real” pregnancy of course, but in our journey of expecting a child to join our family nonetheless. Part of me is so excited about the possibility that I want to shout it from the rooftops, but the voice of reason (and to some degree, pessimism) fills me with caution and restraint. What if it doesn’t end up working out? Might is a hopeful word but it can also be very frustrating- especially when you want things to move along but circumstances are totally out of your control. Sounds a lot like foster care, eh?
I do in fact feel like we’re at that point with a foster placement where you ultimately want what’s best for your foster child, but at the same time you are convinced that given the particulars of the situation, YOU are what’s best for the child when you consider all of the alternatives for their future and yet you can’t do anything about it so you just have to wait for the next court date or to see how visits go or what progress their parents make. We're also feeling like the more time we spend with this child the more attached we are becoming to each other and the harder it will be to have to say goodbye if it comes to that. Again, it's very reminisent of foster care.
I know this post is awfully vague, but hopefully I’ll be able to give some more details in the near future. In the meantime I’m studying these books: