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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Background Checks

Tuesday night I really started to have some anxiety over the whole timing issue for our adoption.  For Reece's Rainbow you are supposed to have your homestudy done in about 12 weeks.  If you aren't they can 'uncommit' you from the child you are trying to adopt and put them back in to the waiting children list and somebody else can commit to them.   It's really in the best interest of the child - I understand and support that.  BUT our homestudy cannot be completed without the background check clearances.  They were supposed to take 6-8 weeks.  So, no problem, right?!  Unwittingly, we didn't submit our fingerprints until 2 weeks after we committed to our little guy (didn't know any better!). 

So we've been waiting and waiting.  Tuesday night I started counting weeks and started realizing that we are pretty close to the 12 week mark for RR (10 weeks for the background checks).  I woke up at 2:45am and couldn't go back to sleep.  I just had a horrible pit in my stomach.  About 3:30am, I finally decided to go work on my picture list and pictures of the inside and outside of our house for our dossier.  I've been quite perfectionistic about it - it drives Todd nuts:).  I worked until 5am (ish) and finally went back to bed.  Got it as perfect as humanly possible (smile)! 

Then yesterday, I wrote my very kind social worker an 'I'm freaking out about this email'!   


A HUGE sigh of relief for me and a prayer of THANKS to God!!  It took 10 1/2 weeks!  So next week we should be able to get our homestudy finalized or close to it!!


  1. Yay! Yay! Yay! So excited you have cleared this hurdle!

  2. Yeah! Each step/approval in the adoption process is reason to celebrate! Love from all of us!

  3. Wendy, I feel like this is THE story for adoptive families! It's totally nail biting (great picture!) and just when you think you might collapse over the stress and challenge of it all, God provides another moment of celebration and relief. I feel ya and celebrate with you today, too!!!