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Have you ever felt called to adopt? I sure have, especially children with special needs. Domestic (a private adoption in the US), adoption from foster care, and international have all tugged on my heartstrings. We’ve completed several home studies over the past 6 years or so, but we still have never actually gotten to adopt…until now!
We are working on finishing up a private domestic adoption AND completing the home study for an international adoption!!!! VERY exciting times!
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If you’ve researched adoption at all, you have probably heard about the home study. This is a process during which a licensed social worker has you collect a bunch of paperwork, fill out some forms, answer some questions in an interview, probably take some online or in-person classes, and what feels like a million other things. It seems totally overwhelming at first, but it IS necessary and it’s just one of those things you have to live through.
And, after you’ve done it 3 or 4 times, it’s really no big deal! I promise! 😉
THE BIG TIP:
(OK, if you’re expecting some deep spiritual insight or a way to shortcut the process, I’m about to disappoint you)…
Go to your favorite store and buy 2 or 3 packs of those cleaning tablets you drop in the tank of your toilet. (these are my favorites but by all means, go fancy and get the blue ones if you want!!!) Right away, before you get busy and forget, put one in every toilet in the house and then store the rest in a child-proof area.
Because you’ll be really busy for a month or two, and that’s one less thing to cause you panic when your mom drops by.
Adopting a child of any age is a huge decision. Satan will use EVERYTHING at his disposal to make you question that decision. Including dirty potties. Thankfully, dirty potties are an easy fix.
Well, (looking around) I see that I need to follow my own advice! I’m off to order some toilet tabs! Let’s keep on keeping on, y’all!
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
James 1:27 KJV